The Chicago Blackhawks have the salary cap space to take on a piece of the Taylor Hall contract, and that could net them a pretty nice return for a little bit of money ahead of the season-ending.
The Blackhawks do not have a lot of assets they can deal with ahead of the deadline that teams will be interested in. So instead, they are going to have to think a little outside of the box in order to be involved in trades.
The Blackhawks have names like Jonathan Toews, Andrew Shaw, Zack Smith, and Brent Seabrook all on long-term injury reserve. With those players not counting towards the cap right now, the Blackhawks should take advantage of a team trying to add one of the better players available ahead of the deadline.
The salary cap is not helping a lot of teams, according to CapFriendly, 16 teams have under four million in cap space going into the deadline. For a lot of different teams looking to add that one last missing piece to go on a championship run, there is nothing they will not do to add that missing piece.
Taylor Hall could be a great fit with a lot of different teams, and the Bllackhawks can help.
Taylor Hall has not been that great this season. Hall has just two goals and 15 assists through 31 games, definitely not what the Buffalo Sabres thought they were getting when they signed Hall to a to an eight million dollar contract.
The Hall experience in Buffalo is not working out, and he is going to need to find a new home next season as he is on an expiring contract, the team might as well deal him ahead of the deadline to a team looking to add a big name player like Hall.
If any team in the league were to trade for Hall, they could involve a middle team like the Blackhawks to take on some of the contract for a draft pick. With Chicago having so much cap space I do not see them getting more than a second or third round pick considering a team trading for Hall is going to give up some capital to begin with.
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Here are a few teams that could make a move on Hall:
Colorado Avalanche –
Similar to the next two teams on this list. Colorado is ready for a playoff run. Adding Taylor Hall would drastically improve their offense and help during a tough playoff push against teams like Vegas.
Boston Bruins –
The Boston Bruins have not won a Stanley Cup since 10 years ago. While they have been on a few good playoff runs they have not been able to top the last hurdle and win it all. Adding Hall would definitely help them during a playoff run. Chicago would be able to help pull down that cap hit to a more manageable number in Boston.
Toronto Maple Leafs:
Toronto has one of the best offenses in the NHL. Their team is filled with talent and their defense is taking a step forward this season. The goaltending is finally playing better and they are on top of the all Canada division. So, adding one more top tier piece like Hall could push them to the Stanley Cup. Now Toronto has no cap space and will need to do a lot of work to get Hall under the cap, they would most likely have to deal a player and hope that Edmonton involves another team to bring the cap hit down.