The Taylor Hall saga is over for now, but given that only one team could secure the scoring winger there is sure to be fallout all around the league. Clubs that were hoping to land him will now have to move in a different direction, and Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic (subscription required) examines seven of the suitors that had made inquiries over the last few weeks.
One of the most interesting is the Calgary Flames, who LeBrun writes felt they were offering a package of similar value to the one New Jersey eventually accepted from the Arizona Coyotes. While there may not be another player of Hall’s caliber on the market come the trade deadline, the Flames are obviously a team to watch after their recent surge in the standings.
- The Bridgeport Sound Tigers will welcome Josh Ho-Sang back to the team after the disgruntled forward sat out the first part of the season. Ho-Sang has a “clean slate” with the organization according to New York Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello but will obviously need to work hard to move back up the depth chart. The 23-year old forward hasn’t played yet this season and was hoping to be traded to a new organization after failing to land a full-time job in the NHL.
- Lucas Raymond has been cleared to join the Swedish World Junior squad after dealing with an infection that threatened his tournament status. The top 2020 draft prospect is still just 17 years old but is already playing at the highest level in Sweden and can add a dynamic offensive piece to whoever picks him next June.