1. Colorado Avalanche
Oh, man…this would be a great fit for the Colorado Avalanche and Taylor Hall. Plus, New Jersey wouldn’t have to worry about booing Hall more than once a year since the Avs are a Western Conference foe.
Colorado is a Cup contender on the rise that also entails a deep prospect pool, plus general manager Joe Sakic has draft picks to spare. No, New Jersey wouldn’t acquire defenseman Cale Makar in the potential deal, but there are other young skaters such as Bowen Byram and Czech Republic native, Martin Kaut.
Perhaps the Avs throw in other skaters such as Andre Burakovsky, Joonas Donskoi or Tyson Jost – all who are under the age of 30. Jost would be the most intriguing considering he was selected 10th overall at the 2016 draft.
What’s intriguing about a potential deal with Colorado is the fact that the Avs might have more of a motivation to go ‘Hall-in’ on No. 9. Nathan MacKinnon and company are in a better position to take a chance on trading for a former MVP such as Hall, in comparison to a team such as Montreal or Anaheim who are behind the Avs in that retrospect.
At first glance, something would just seem right about Hall and his style of play fitting in with Colorado. The timing more than anything makes sense for both New Jersey and Colorado, though.
It’s time for the Devils and Hall to move on, as perhaps Hall already has in his mind. Still, a trade with the Avalanche makes the most sense by the trade deadline.