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Taylor Hall won’t be coming to the Avs

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You can cancel that Hall-monitoring, Avs fans.

Taylor Hall, the biggest-name forward still on the open market in NHL free agency, will not become a member of the team, a source tells Colorado Hockey Now.

The math just doesn’t add up to add another expensive forward, not after the Avs picked up left wing Brandon Saad Saturday from the Chicago Blackhawks, in a trade that sent Nikita Zadorov to the Windy City.

The Avs currently have just under $10 million of cap space available, with a couple of restricted free agents left to sign (Ryan Graves and Tyson Jost). Hall, whose last contract carried a $6 million cap hit, likely wouldn’t want to take that much of a financial haircut to join the Avs – or any new team.

The Nashville Predators and Boston Bruins are the two most likely teams on Hall’s shortlist.

How much interest the Avs had in adding Hall is speculative at this point, but I do think there was interest. But the addition of Saad pretty much ended all that. Saad will carry a $5 million cap hit for next season with the Avs. If Hall ever was going to come to Colorado, it would have had to have been on a short-term deal – kind of the same thing the Avs now have with Saad.

Saad, 27, will be an unrestricted free agent after this coming season.

There were some out there in the Canadian hockey media world who thought Hall to the Avs would happen. Ultimately, it did not. Things change quickly in this game, and after Saturday’s move by Joe Sakic with Saad, the writing was on the Hall, er, wall, regarding a potential TH signing here.

I think the Avs will focus on getting another D-man with their remaining cap space. Probably a right-shot, veteran guy. Travis Hamonic, anyone?

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Aaron Hinton

Hamonic has been linked to the Avs for years…I wouldn’t mind seeing him in the burgundy and blue. Who are some other options?

[…] the Avalanche would be high-stakes players in landing Hall, that isn’t expected to happen now, according to Adrian Dater of ColoradoHockeyNow, who writes that with Colorado’s acquisition of Brandon Saad from Chicago on Saturday, it’s […]

Mike Litoris

You don’t need him in Denver, he is a locker room cancer like Terrell Owens was for the NFL teams he played for. That’s why the Oilers moved him for next to nothing cause no one in the league wants him. Hockey world is a very small one and once word gets out you are a malcontent no one will want you. Same problem you Av’s fans had there with Matt Duchenne. Notice every gteam he(Duchenne) has gone too has gone from first to worse in a matter of time. Joe is a very smart guy in not bringing him… Read more »

[…] one of the teams with rumored interest in Hall, won’t sign the veteran winger in free agency, Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now reported […]

motar

“Probably a right-shot, veteran guy. Travis Hamonic, anyone?”

Please god no.

Matt Briggle

Given that we’re looking for someone in that 6-8 slot to play next to Cole or even be a health scratch if either of the rookies take the job there are a lot of options out there as UFAs right now. I think they would be wise to keep any deal there under $3 mil so that there is some extra cap space for those performance bonuses that Makar is likely to meet this year so they don’t have to take that off of next year’s cap.

[…] the Avalanche would be high-stakes players in landing Hall, that isn’t expected to happen now, according to Adrian Dater of ColoradoHockeyNow, who writes that with Colorado's acquisition of Brandon Saad from Chicago on Saturday, it’s […]

Doug Merrifield

No idea what Hall is thinking going to BFW.
I don’t think he knows what he’s thinking…or doing.
Makes zero sense.
Was $8m the highest offer because saying you want to win…and going there doesn’t add up. Weird

troian

Must think it’s best place, balanced with/relative to offers, to bridge into long-term deal (plus Buffalo showed early signs of life last year).

joshmishell

The Sabres. Guess he didn’t want to try to win a cup next year after all.

Chris DeMott

Actually, going to the Sabers sets him up nicely to be traded at the deadline to contender and they get some nice future pieces in return. Good signing for both sides.

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Matt Briggle

Well, I can honestly say that I did not have Hall signing in Buffalo on my free agent bingo card. The only thing that makes any sense to me is that they have an agreement that they will assess how things are prior to the trade deadline and move him if they have to. Other than that, I guess he really liked the idea of playing on Eichel’s wing.

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