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What is Taylor Hall’s future with coyotes?

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Arizona Choyka General Manager John Chayka said this weekend that he had continued to have some conversations with Dan Ferris, the agent for pending free agent striker Taylor Hall, but that they had not yet exchanged numbers in potential contract negotiations.

Instead, it was all about getting the current situation under control – everything is put on hold due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – and how this affects both the Coyotes and the Hall.

“It is unique. I have no other answer for you than to say: No, we did not exchange numbers or anything like that,” said Chayka in a comprehensive interview with Craig Morgan from Athletic.

“Of course it was our intention to always get through the season and not have a conflict with Taylor’s game. This leaves us in a kind of balance where it is obviously not technically the end of the season, but it would not contradict either to his game, to talk. At the moment I would just say that both sides collect information and have some discussions. I don’t know exactly where that is going today. As we talk, we will see where things are going. “

The story of Hall-Coyotes will be interesting in the coming months as he could be one of the top players on the free market – whenever the free agency actually starts – if he doesn’t sign again with the Coyotes.

The Coyotes acquired Hall from the New Jersey Devils in mid-December. It was a pretty significant move at that time, as Hall was the league’s top trading target of the season. He also gave the Coyotes the kind of impact they needed urgently to push their offensive to reach the playoffs.

While Hall largely met expectations (27 points in 35 games), things didn’t go exactly as the Coyotes had hoped from a team perspective. When the 2019-20 NHL season was interrupted, the Coyotes were four points away from a playoff spot in the Western Conference, with several teams ahead of them. A large part of her fall in the overall standings were injuries, especially for the two best goalkeepers (Antti Raanta and Darcy Kuemper).

The next step

In an ideal world, the coyotes would almost certainly prefer to keep Hall. If he’s healthy, he’s an elite offensive player and the kind of talent the franchise hasn’t had in over a decade. He is an MVP winner, one of the most productive wingers in the world, and while he will turn 29 next November, he is likely to have some outstanding years as a top-line winger. They are unlikely to find an upgrade or better player anywhere else on the open market or as a realistic trading destination.

However, there are some obstacles.

The first is simply a question of what Hall wants to do with his chance as a potential UFA. This is the first time that he has a chance to test the free market and probably his last chance to get a significant contract. On top of that, he’s only played on a playoff team in his career, and there has to be a big incentive to find out what’s out there.

But there is another pretty big hurdle that may not get a lot of attention in this situation – the salary cap.

While the coyotes’ salary situation is usually a punch line for people who don’t pay close attention to them, they actually currently have one of the largest salary caps in the entire league, have some significant long-term investments, and don’t have much scope under the hood in the near future . Given that Hall is almost certainly capable of commanding something close to $ 8 to $ 9 million a season, additional work will be required to make everything work.

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