NHL Rumors: Blues hold out Mike Hoffman; Bruins ready to get Taylor Hall; and Maple Leafs looking at Adrian Kempe

Mar 8, 2021; San Jose, California, USA; St. Louis Blues left wing Mike Hoffman (68) warms up before the game against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Blues have scratched Mike Hoffman and Robert Bortuzzo tonight in anticipation of a trade. Now that the Devils have moved Kyle Palmieri many teams could be interested in Hoffman. The price on Taylor Hall; a first round pick plus a prospect could be too rich for some. There is also fitting in his cap hit as well, which may also take other contenders out.

Mike Hoffman could be moved soon.

Bruins miss out on Palmieri; time to make the move for Taylor Hall?

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Mar 16, 2021; Newark, New Jersey, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Taylor Hall (4) skates against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Islanders just filled their need for more scoring tonight by acquiring Palmieri and Zajac. Boston and Toronto were rumored to be in on Palmieri as well. So with the Bruins fighting to hold onto the last playoff spot in the East; do they cave and add Taylor Hall at the deadline?

There’s also been some noise that Toronto may try to acquire him as well. Hold on to your hats as tonight’s deal may trigger some more trades.

Maple Leafs still forward hunting

Adrian Kempe Maple Leafs
Mar 10, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Kings right wing Adrian Kempe (9) controls the puck against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Maple Leafs may claim to be happy with the way Alex Galchenyuk is playing; but that hasn’t taken them out of the rumor mill. Names like Hall and Mikael Granlund remain connected but a more interesting one is being added.

One name that hasn’t been mentioned is Kings right winger Adrian Kempe. According to an industry source who requested anonymity, the 24-year-old Kempe has been heavily scouted by the Leafs. At six-foot-two and 200 pounds, he would come with a $2-million (U.S.) salary-cap hit this year and next before restricted free agency.

Mark Zwolinski, Toronto Star

This is not a rental. L.A. is not going to give up a 24 year-old forward with 12 goals and 21 points in 37 games this season for nothing. We are looking at a hockey trade that may include a roster player and a top prospect. If Kyle Dubas can pull it off it would be a great deadline acquisition.

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