This year the Arizona Coyotes are unlike any team in the recent past. Empowered by their new majority owner Alex Meruelo the Coyotes went big this offseason by acquiring Phil Kessel from the Pittsburgh Penguins for Alex Galchenyuk and P.O. Joseph.
But the Coyotes weren’t done, and they have acquired star winger and former MVP Taylor Hall. The acquisition of Hall immediately addresses a need for the Coyotes, bolstering their offense.
The Hall details still filtering in. Involves one first, one conditional third, Nate Schnarr, Nick Merkley and Kevin Bahl— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) December 16, 2019
The Arizona Coyotes are currently 21st in goals scored this season, with the 12th best power play in the NHL. With Hall, they have another player who can drive play, a multiple-time 20+ goal scorer who is two seasons removed from a 39 goal, 54 assist season.
Now seems like the best time for the Coyotes to make a move like this. The team is currently on top of the Pacific Division, and with a player like Hall, they are going all in this season.
Hall is the biggest pending unrestricted free agent, who is likely going to be looking for a raise in what will likely be his last big contract. It remains unknown if the Coyotes will be able to extend Hall.
In exchange for Hall, the Coyotes send to New Jersey defense prospect Kevin Bahl, as well as Tucson Roadrunner forwards Nick Merkley and Nate Schnarr, a 2020 first round pick and a 2021 conditional pick.
There's a hard 1st-round pick in the Hall trade PLUS another conditional 1st-round pick IF the Coyotes re-sign Hall AND win a playoff round. The conditional pick becomes a third-round pick if neither of those things happen. And a 2nd-round pick if one of those 2 things happen— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) December 16, 2019
Additionally, Bob McKenzie is reporting that New Jersey will retain 50 percent of Hall's deal. The deal however does not come with an extension, though the Coyotes will still be interested in re-signing him.
The Coyotes are still interested in re-signing Hall this summer. As has been reported multiple places, agent Darren Ferris prefers to get his clients to July 1 to explore the market. https://t.co/m9NX7VMWHj— Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) December 16, 2019
The final deal as announced by the team also includes forward Blake Speers coming to Arizona.
(Thanks to this Twitter user for the headline idea.)
Hall & Yotes?— Jeff (@jdizzle161) December 16, 2019