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Pushback On Rumors Blues and Sabres Are Talking Taylor Hall Trade

New reports suggest there’s no connection in trade between the St. Louis Blues and Buffalo Sabres regarding forward Taylor Hall.

Earlier this week, Elliotte Friedman wondered if the St. Louis Blues might have an interest in pending UFA and former Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall out of Buffalo. Hall is having a terrible season, as are the Sabres and Friedman noted he was really just connecting potential dots as the Blues were also having trouble scoring. On Monday, during his 31 Thoughts article, he provided a bit more detail on his hunch.

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Hall is a player we have listed at No. 5 on our Top 21 Trade Bait candidates list. He’s certainly a player most insiders are keeping an eye on and he’s been connected to teams like the Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Islanders and now the Blues.

Friedman writes, “Adams was believed to be discussing something with struggling St. Louis. I wondered if it would be Taylor Hall, but received pushback on that idea, so we’ll see where it goes.” He adds, “There are a ton of teams calling to see what he’s willing to do, and what it will take.”

Friedman goes on to suggest that Hall’s situation will be an interesting one to watch and notes, “I think it’s possible he stays in Buffalo a bit longer so his cap hit goes down.” In other words, if he’s traded for, it could be right before the deadline or right before the team that acquires him can do the math on any quarantine guidelines without hurting their chances to win games.

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What About the First-Round Pick Ask?

The asking price was rumored to be a first-round pick for Hall and Friedman explained that he’d said last week he didn’t think the Sabres would get that much unless there’s a bidding war. He doubled down in today’s column, “That seems insane, but look at it this way: In a flat-cap world for the foreseeable future, first-round picks are seen as even more valuable. You’re going to need entry-level talents who can make a difference.”

Hall’s production has been so poor, there’s real concern he’ll be a difference-maker and he’s certainly not a cheap add. A first-rounder seems like a lot to give up, despite his impressive resume.

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