The Colorado Avalanche have been linked to rumors of a Taylor Hall trade. However, the move overall wouldn’t benefit the team.
The Colorado Avalanche are finally getting healthy again with the return of their star winger, Mikko Rantanen, and soon their captain, Gabriel Landeskog. At the time of writing, they were securely in a playoff position — second in the Central Division — despite missing those two players for all of November.
Despite that fact, some fans are suggesting that the Avalanche trade for New Jersey Devils winger Taylor Hall, who reportedly wants out of that franchise. (The Devils just fired their coach, so who knows if that will change the dynamic.)
In fact, hockey writer Scott MacDonald put out a Twitter poll, and 52% of the voters chimed in for bringing Hall over.
The rumors of Hall’s imminent departure from New Jersey are based partially on the idea that the Devils can’t re-sign the pending unrestricted free agent. Hall, who turned 28 last month, is understandably frustrated with the team’s losing season (second to last in the NHL).
Hall said of his aspirations:
"“You want to play on the best team possible. I’ve played nine seasons in the NHL and only won one playoff game. You want to be on a team that’s not only a playoff contender but a playoff contender every year. I only have so many more years left in this league, and so many more chances to win a Stanley Cup. It hasn’t even come close yet, so I kinda wanna make up for lost time.”"
Enter the Colorado Avalanche, definitely one of the “best teams possible.”
Indeed, rumors are also based on the fact that the Devils have been sending out scouts — and they’ve scouted heavily in Colorado.
Makes sense from Hall’s perspective — and from the perspective of the Devils since the Avs have a lot of delicacies to choose from.
However, does it make sense from Colorado’s perspective? No, no it does not.