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Top Five Trade Destinations for Taylor Hall
April 7, 2021
No person anticipated it to play out fairly like this, proper?
Certain, when Taylor Corridor signed a shocking one-year, $8-million contract final low season to play for the Buffalo Sabres, who had missed 9 straight post-seasons, the vary of outcomes for his 2020-21 season was extensive. Possibly Corridor would return to his 2017-18 Hart Trophy type, making magic with Jack Eichel and serving to Buffalo finish its drought whereas he hammered out a long-term extension. Or possibly the Sabres would keep dangerous and Corridor would turn into a coveted rental commodity, shipped out for a package deal of prospects and a first-round decide, as he was final season when the New Jersey Devils despatched him to Arizona.
As an alternative, we’ve got…the Sabres being far worse than any of us imagined, enduring the longest winless streak of the salary-cap period and about to tie the NHL file with a tenth consecutive playoff miss. In the meantime, Corridor has labored by way of a horrible season, managing simply two targets in 37 video games. He hasn’t been as dangerous as his floor numbers look (an attention-grabbing thread right here from Rachel Doerrie sheds mild), as he’s been unbelievably unfortunate, scoring on simply 2.3 % of his pictures. However there’s no denying that is Corridor’s worst season. He’s producing the fewest pictures and scoring probabilities of his profession per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 and his second-fewest major assists per 60.
Corridor is thus a particularly tough participant to appraise approaching the April-12 commerce deadline. Nonetheless simply 29, he possesses the game-breaking uncooked expertise to place a contending staff excessive. Nevertheless it’s nonetheless robust to think about a staff paying full worth for somebody with two targets. Additionally complicating issues: Corridor’s $8-million AAV. Throughout this flat-cap season, it’s a big quantity for groups to inherit, and Buffalo might must eat as a lot as half the cap hit for it to work. The cap hit will also be chopped up if a third-party staff participates in a deal.
Nonetheless, few if any out there forwards on the block in the mean time have Corridor’s upside, so there might be competing bids for him, and meaning it’s nonetheless doable Sabres GM Kevyn Adams will get a return corresponding to what New Jersey obtained final season.
Who’re most closely fits for Corridor’s companies? Contemplate these 5 groups, offered alphabetically. Some represent a suggestion based mostly on hockey match, and a few are already reported to be chasing Corridor.
The Hurricanes qualify as top-tier Stanley Cup contenders, proudly owning the NHL’s second-best factors share at .724. Their calling card is staff protection above all. They permit the fourth-fewest targets per sport and sit prime 10 in most defense-oriented metrics, from penalty killing to shot makes an attempt and scoring probabilities allowed per 60 at 5-on-5. They’ve been merely good relatively than nice offensively, nevertheless, sitting 12th in targets per sport regardless of boasting the league’s No. 1 energy play and rating close to the highest of the league in scoring probabilities per 60 at 5-on-5. Would possibly Corridor give them the little push they should turn into an elite staff at each ends of the ice? They’re shut already. With Teuvo Teravainen’s concussion issues nonetheless holding him out of the lineup, the Canes might use a bona fide top-six ahead as insurance coverage. With James Reimer, Alex Nedeljkovic and Petr Mrazek making a logjam in internet, maybe GM Don Waddell would contemplate dealing Reimer or Mrazek to make it extra financially possible to pursue an improve resembling corridor.
The Oilers are arguably most harmful when splitting facilities Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl onto two separate traces relatively than loading up with Draisaitl on McDavid’s left wing. Buying Corridor would permit coach Dave Tippett to pair every heart with one in every of Corridor and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to create two lethal duos. The Oilers might turn into a real Stanley Cup menace if GM Ken Holland renders the roster a bit much less prime heavy. A report earlier this week steered the Oilers “are in on” Corridor already. Might an Edmonton homecoming be within the playing cards?
The Panthers test extra packing containers than every other staff with regards to a hospitable Corridor atmosphere. They rank among the many prime Stanley Cup contenders within the NHL in the mean time. They want a real No. 2 left winger behind Jonathan Huberdeau relatively than mixing and matching the likes of Mason Marchment, Anthony Duclair and Frank Vatrano. In matchup grasp Joel Quenneville, they’ve a legendary coach who might in all probability get probably the most out of Corridor. Regardless that their greatest want is clearly on the fitting facet of their blueline after Aaron Ekblad’s heartbreaking leg harm, the Panthers can afford to amass Corridor plus a protection improve given the cap financial savings from putting Ekblad on LTIR. There could also be no contender with extra monetary flexibility in the mean time.
The Canadiens wouldn’t have appeared on an inventory like this even two days in the past. Brendan Gallagher’s damaged thumb modified that. Not solely does his multi-week harm create a necessity for veteran scoring in Montreal’s prime six, however putting him on LTIR additionally might give GM Marc Bergevin a loophole during which he holds Gallagher out till the post-season begins and his cap hit now not issues. Corridor performs the alternative wing, however the Habs have sufficient forwards who can play both facet that coach Dominique Ducharme might determine a match.
New York Islanders
Not solely did Anders Lee’s season-ending harm create an enormous gap within the Isles’ first-line left winger spot, but it surely additionally landed Lee on LTIR, giving GM Lou Lamoriello, the grasp cap manipulator, wiggle room to pursue one other improve. Primarily based on staff want and monetary viability, the Isles are nearly as good a match as any staff. They badly want to exchange Lee’s scoring contact. They’re an exemplary defensive membership beneath coach Barry Trotz, averaging the fewest high-danger probabilities in opposition to at 5-on-5, however they barely crack the highest half of the league in whole offense, largely as a result of they personal one of many weaker energy performs of any staff presently in a playoff spot. Corridor would make them extra dynamic.
OTHER HALL SUITORS TO WATCH: Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, Toronto Maple Leafs