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The New Jersey Devils Trade Taylor Hall To The Arizona Coyotes

Just waiting for the official release from the teams.


added 4:41pm,



added 4:46pm, Arizona release is below.

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have acquired forwards Taylor Hall and Blake Speers from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Arizona's 2020 first round draft choice (conditional), Arizona's 2021 third round draft choice (conditional), forwards Nick Merkley and Nate Schnarr and defenseman Kevin Bahl.

"Taylor Hall is one of the elite talents in the game today; a Hart Trophy winner, a high-end playmaker and one of the NHL's most talented forwards," said Chayka. "We are beyond thrilled to add Taylor to our team as we continue in our mission of bringing a Stanley Cup home to Arizona."

"There is a lot of momentum and positivity surrounding our team this season and Taylor Hall is a critical addition pushing us forward towards our ultimate goal," said Coyotes President and CEO Ahron Cohen. "This is an exciting day for our entire organization and our great fans throughout Arizona as we constantly look to make our franchise second to none."

The 28-year-old Hall has registered 6-19-25 and 20 penalty minutes (PIM) in 30 games with the Devils this season.

The Calgary, AB native has totaled 208-328-536 with 336 PIM and 62 power-play goals (PPGs) in 592 career NHL games with the Devils and Edmonton Oilers.

Hall won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player in 2018 after he ranked sixth in the NHL with a career-high 93 points (39 goals, 54 assists) in 76 games to help the Devils to their first Stanley Cup Playoff appearance since 2012.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Hall has recorded six 20-plus goal seasons and five seasons with 30-plus assists including two 50-assists seasons.

Hall was originally drafted by the Oilers in the first round (first overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Speers has collected an assist in 10 games with Binghamton (AHL) this season. The Sault Ste. Marie, ON native has registered 15-13-28 and 54 PIM in 115 career AHL games with Binghamton and Albany.

Speers was originally drafted by the Devils in the third round (67th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

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Bob McKenzie tweet,

NJ will retain 50 per cent of Hall contract.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/16/19 at 04:45 PM ET

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Elliotte Friedman tweet,

Here are conditions on the one pick: stands as a third; if Hall re-signs OR Coyotes win a round, becomes a second; if BOTH happen, becomes a first.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/16/19 at 04:50 PM ET

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New Jersey release…

The New Jersey Devils today traded left wings Taylor Hall and Blake Speers to Arizona in exchange for Arizona’s first-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft (top-three protected), Arizona’s third-round selection (conditional) in 2021, defenseman Kevin Bahl and forwards Nick Merkley and Nate Schnarr.

If Arizona’s 2020 first-round selection is in the top three, New Jersey will receive Arizona’s first-round pick in 2021.

The conditions on the 2021 pick are as follows: the third-round pick in 2021 becomes a second-round selection if Arizona wins a Stanley Cup Playoff round OR Taylor Hall re-signs in Arizona.  The third-round pick in 2021 becomes a first-round selection if Arizona wins a Stanley Cup Playoff round AND Taylor Hall re-signs in Arizona.  If neither condition happens, New Jersey still receives the 2021 third-round pick.

Bahl, 19, is a 6’7”, 230lb. left-shot defenseman who plays in Ottawa (OHL) and is currently at Team Canada’s World Junior Championships selection camp.  In 28 games this season with the 67’s, Bahl has five goals and 15 assists and 43 penalty minutes.  He is the only blueliner in the OHL with 20-plus points and 40 or more penalty minutes.  The native of New Westminster, B.C. posted six goals and 28 assists and 34 points in 68 games played in 2018-19 and was fifth in the OHL with a +50 rating.  Bahl was Arizona’s second-round selection, 55th overall in the 2018 NHL Draft and is current Ottawa teammates with Devils draft picks, Graeme Clark, Mitchell Hoelscher and Nikita Okhotyuk.

Merkley, 22, is a 5’10”, 195lb. right-shot center who currently plays in Tucson (AHL) and has three goals and 13 assists in 26 contests.  In 2018-19, he scored 10 goals and 24 assists for 34 points in 45 games and he played in the 2017-18 AHL All-Star Game.  He was Arizona’s first-round selection, 30th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Schnarr, 20, is a 6’3” 180lb. center, who currently plays in Tucson (AHL) where he has one goal and eight assists in 22 games played.  Arizona’s third-round selection, 75th overall in the 2017 NHL Draft, Schnarr led Guelph (OHL) in scoring last season with 102 points (34 goals, 68 assists)- ranking seventh in scoring and third in assists in the entire Ontario Hockey League.  He helped lead the Storm to the OHL Championship where he had eight goals, 11 assists for 19 points in 24 games.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/16/19 at 05:02 PM ET

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