NHL insider Chris Johnston joined Hockey Central to discuss the Buffalo Sabers’ possibility of relocating Taylor Hall before the trade deadline

Two of the best wingers expected to be in the market before next week’s NHL trade deadline sit as their teams face off on Tuesday night

Buffalo Sabers ‘Taylor Hall and New Jersey Devils’ Kyle Palmieri not playing in Game 1 of their two-game series NHL deadline is April 12 at 3 p.m. ET / noon PT

“It’s just part of it. It’s part of the business,” said interim Buffalo coach Don Granato, according to Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News. “We all know Taylor knows this game keeps you in. the time and it’s preparation for New Jersey We had a great meeting on them this morning and our pre-game focus points and goals So there’s enough there, enough intensity to keep you focused there where you should be “

Hall, 29, signed a one-year, $ 8 million contract, which includes a full no-move clause, with the Sabers as an off-season free agent, giving him a certain control over his next destination

The Sabers, in part due to injuries to captain Jack Eichel and No 1 goalie Linus Ullmark, hit bottom with an 18-game winless streak that covered most of March and effectively put end to any chance of climbing back into the playoffs in the Deep Eastern Division As a result, rumor has it that the team is selling on multiple fronts and has already transferred veteran center Eric Staal to the Montreal Canadiens

A trade for Hall, former Hart Trophy winner, will be complicated both due to his contract and his struggles this season The top pick in the overall standings in 2010 was unable to establish himself from the all with his third team in two seasons and he currently only has two goals and 19 points in 37 games That, along with a career-worst minus-21 rating which is tied for the worst total of all forwards this season, makes it the least productive campaign of his 11-year career.

Still, his pedigree as an elite winger will likely still attract contenders by next week’s deadline The New York Islanders, who lost captain Anders Lee to injury. season-ending, have been connected to Hall, as have the St Louis Blues, Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins The Toronto Maple Leafs have also been said to be looking for another striker, although it is difficult to match wages

Devils are in a similar situation with Palmieri The 30-year-old missed Sunday’s loss to the Washington Capitals “in anticipation of a trade” according to his agent

Palmieri, 30, has eight goals and nine assists in 34 games for the modest Devils, who sit second-last in the East Division with a 13-17-6 record

Palmieri – who is in the final year of a five-year, $ 23 $ 25 million deal signed with the Devils in July 2016 – is bracing for his worst campaign since 2013-14, his first full season in the NHL

Since his 2015 trade from the Anaheim Ducks to New Jersey, the Smithtown, NOui native has scored five consecutive seasons of at least 20 goals

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Taylor Hall

World News – CA – Sabers ‘Hall, Devils’ Palmieri out of roster Tuesday ahead of trade deadline

Source: https://www.sportsnet.ca/nhl/article/sabres-taylor-hall-lineup-vs-devils-ahead-trade-deadline/