Are the Edmonton Oilers interested in bringing back Taylor Hall?
Edmonton Journal: Elliotte Friedman was asked if winger Taylor Hall might be heading back to Edmonton in a trade, should the struggling New Jersey Devils decide to move the star winger: “It would not surprise me at all if Edmonton is a big suitor here. I don’t know if they can make a trade, I don’t know if they have enough to make a deal, but it just wouldn’t surprise me. Put it this way: it’s long been believed that if Edmonton had a chance to correct and bring him back, that they would be interested. But there’s a new GM there now, so we’ll see.”
The most likely best case for the Devils, other than signing Hall themselves, is to make a trade similar to the one the Ottawa Senators made in moving out star forward Mark Stone at the NHL trade deadline last year. Ottawa got a top prospect, defenceman Erik Brannstrom, forward Oscar Lindberg and a second-round pick for Stone.
The one issue like most teams have, is the salary cap space to sign Taylor Hall.
Will the LA Kings trade Jonathan Quick?
TSN: Bob McKenzie reports veteran goalie Jonathan Quick, would be the guy that the LA Kings want to be their No. 1 goaltender, but the reality is that Jack Campbell is going to start back-to-back games. The reason for this is pretty obvious: In three games played, Quick has allowed 19 goals for an NHL worst .793 save percentage.
Would L.A. like Quick to play better and be the No. 1 goalie? Sure they would, but here’s the thing: They really do like how Campbell has rehabilitated his game. The Kings also have Cal Petersen, who’s playing in the American Hockey League (AHL) and is NHL ready right now. L.A.’s plan is not bring up Petersen, because obviously Quick is there, but next year he’s going to require waivers.
So with Campbell, Petersen and Quick, Quick would look to be the odd man out but he’s got four years left on his contract at $5.8 million per year. Right now, Quick is not tradeable. The long-term future for Quick in L.A. is absolutely up in the air.