With the Coyotes struggling lately, some have wondered if GM John Chayka might ultimately consider flipping Taylor Hall, his big acquisition from December. NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti asked the winger if he’d be interested in such a move but Hall indicated that his desire is to stay with Arizona.
Of course, the bigger question at play here will be his willingness to stay with the Coyotes on a long-term basis. The 28-year-old is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and is not interested in discussing a possible contract extension until after the season. Hall came into the season as someone that was likely to push for an AAV in the $10MM range but a quieter start with New Jersey as well as his lower output with Arizona (21 points in 26 games) may very well take that price tag off the table.
More from the Pacific:
- Sharks center Joe Thornton is one of the more intriguing players heading into the trade deadline. While he’s having a quiet season with 24 points in 58 games, he could still help some contenders if he’s willing to waive his no-move clause to leave San Jose. Postmedia’s Bruce Garrioch suggests that the 40-year-old would only do so if he was going to a contender and suggested Boston and Colorado as possible landing spots. Of course, Thornton started his career with Boston before being dealt to San Jose back in 2005-06 where he has played ever since.
- The Flames announced that they’ve transferred center Derek Ryan to injured reserve retroactive to February 13th. He missed Saturday’s game due to illness and it was enough to hold him out of the lineup today against Anaheim. Glenn Gawdin was recalled from AHL Stockton to take his place on the roster. With Calgary now idle until Friday, Ryan will be eligible to be activated for that one as he’ll have missed the required seven days.