On Monday Dec. 16, the Coyotes solidified the notion of going all in this season as they acquired former MVP Taylor Hall from the New Jersey Devils in exchange or three prospects and two draft picks.
The Coyotes sent forward prospects Nate Schnarr and Nick Merkley, defensive prospect Kevin Bahl, a 2020 first-round draft pick and a conditional third-round pick. The pick becomes a first-round pick if Hall re-signs and the Coyotes win a playoff round this season. It becomes a second-round pick if only one of those things happens.
The Coyotes also received forward prospect Blake Speers.
Taylor Hall was drafted first overall in the 2010 draft by the Edmonton Oilers. After spending the first six years of his career in Edmonton, Hall was dealt in a shocking trade that sent him to New Jersey in exchange for defenseman Adam Larsson. Hall was traded for the second time in his career to Arizona in 2019.
Hall’s focus is to play hockey as of now; he isn’t fixated on contract extension talks right now.
“I’ve been open-minded with everything this year,” Hall said. “I haven’t closed the book on signing with any team prior to July 1. Talking to John Chayka, that’s something we can discuss as time goes on.”
Coyotes’ GM John Chayka has the same mentality when approaching this situation.
Chayka credited this signing to the new owner, Alex Meruelo, who took over in this offseason.
“We wouldn’t have had this opportunity without Alex Meruelo up top,” Chayka said. “If there was any doubt about his desire and commitment to win a Stanley Cup. I think [the Hall acquisition] should certainly answer that.”
“He’s very involved and active; he’s very supportive to execute on an opportunity like this,” Chayka said.
With this new acquisition, the Coyotes now have established a new sense of belief in themselves. They were willing to give up key parts of their future to win now, which isn’t something this team has felt in a long time.
The Coyotes have already placed first in the division a few times this season. It was no doubt the reason as to why Chayka made this move.
With the Coyotes now putting the foot on the gas pedal, they hope to continue their hot start. They are currently 19-12-4 in the standings. They rank 10th in the league overall.