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ST. LOUIS – Well, we won’t be hearing about Taylor Hall again for a while. Until the final week of June and into July 1st, that is.

Maybe.

I think the Avalanche won a trade today, and it’s one they had no involvement in whatsoever. The Avs did NOT give up a package of prospects, picks and/or roster players for New Jersey rental winger Hall. He was dealt, finally, to the Arizona Coyotes this afternoon.

I don’t think the Avs were ever heavily involved in this thing. Do I think the Avs and Devils talked, maybe exchanged a proposal or two? Yeah, probably.

But in the end, it just never made sense to give up good prospects for a guy who (1) might have gotten away for free this summer and (2) didn’t really fit a need the Avs might have/had anyway.

I really like the Avs’ forward group, especially the top six. Adding a Taylor Hall would have meant a guy like Andre Burakovsky or Joonas Donskoi having to drop down to the third line – and would that have been justice? No. Both guys have DOUBLE the goal production so far than that of Hall.

What I think makes far more sense is the Avs being a player for Hall this summer on the free-agent market. If he becomes available, that is. But even then – I just have too many questions about how necessary that would even be. Plus, the Avs’ cap situation is going to get a lot tighter starting next summer.

Don’t get me wrong: I like Taylor Hall as a player. I mean, having Taylor Hall on the roster wouldn’t have sucked. But at what price? If the Avs had traded any one of the following three players: Conor Timmins, Bo Byram or Alex Newhook – I would have instantly pronounced the trade a loss for Joe Sakic. To me, all three of those guys constitute your “next wave” of young core guys, who should be here for many years to come.

To have just frittered any of them away on a rental player – a forward that would have perhaps affected team chemistry in a negative way, with those he supplanted feeling hurt/disappointed/bitter after having a great first half – would have potentially altered the course of a franchise that I otherwise feel will go in only one direction: up.

Rental trades almost never work, folks. Yeah, the Avs won a Cup with a rental trade in 2001, by getting Rob Blake (and Steve Reinprecht, who never got enough credit for what he added to that team), but let’s not forget the Avs re-signed Blake after that. Nashville thought they were going to win the Stanley Cup when they gave up a passel of goods to get Peter Forsberg in 2007, and they were out in the first round. Columbus thought they were on the way to a Cup last spring when they got, among others, Matt Duchene, at the deadline. They won one round.

I could go on and on. Bottom line: This team did NOT have a glaring weakness in their top six. They didn’t need a Taylor Hall, not at the expense of top prospects.

Let’s just keep enjoying the really good young team we already have – with more home-grown reinforcements on the way.

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hockeyhead
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hockeyhead

Totally agree with all of the above. Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke. Taylor Hall as a free agent, if and only if he does a team friendly short term contract. 2-3 years.

Mike Fisk
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Mike Fisk

Could not agree any more with you AD. I love the make up of this team right now and would not want to tinker with the chemistry. If we can get, and keep everyone healthy, I’m very intrigued by the possibilities of this team.

Jared Moss
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Jared Moss

Thankfully thats over,
Hey AD who does sakic target next?

Charles-Edouard Boivin
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Charles-Edouard Boivin

Best news of the day!

Dwayne Hall
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Dwayne Hall

After the Matt Duchene trade, and this past summer I have nothing but complete confidence and trust in what Joe Sakic does. I also believe if there’s a GM in the league that thinks they can just bully Sakic into whatever deal they want they’ve learned quickly to call somebody else because Sakic isn’t biting on a deal unless he feels certain it is going to improve this team.

Ricardo
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Ricardo

Glad that we don’t have to mess with the Hall deal. On another note, the Blues looked really good out there tonight. We will have to step it up a notch to compete with them. They spent a lot of time in our zone.

dp10
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I guess the real question is, do we want to add a player like Taylor Hall to our team even as a free agent. Again, I am sure Sakic like the potential for a bonafide one-two punch. But he will have to weigh that against the high cost of adding a player through free agency. Last summer, the Avs were thought to be targeting Panarin, but in the end it seems Sakic had no interest in handing out the kind of contract Panarin was able to get. I have a hard time seeing how that would be different next summer… Read more »

Jared Moss
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Jared Moss

it came down to panarin wanted to play in NY more than money

Rich
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Rich

Dater I agree by not making the trade the Avs came out on top of the deal. However, in your opinion what do the Avs need to help improve their current roster?

Chris DeMott
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Chris DeMott

I can see that most of us aren’t wringing our hands over this. It’s good to see logic prevail.

mfnavs
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mfnavs

Last night’s knee to knee hit on Mikko, and the subsequent punch to the face of MacKinnon, proves to me that we do not have sufficient grit and toughness to win the Cup. My wife had a baby and I have started a business since the season began, so I am not as up-to-date as I normally am when it comes to trade scenarios. Is there a player out there, and I am asking legitimately, that still skates and isn’t afraid to punch somebody in the mouth at the risk of a suspension? Kadri is out of that category because… Read more »

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