NHL Rumors: Taylor Hall reunion with Oilers, and Avs to play hardball with Gabriel Landeskog

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May 23, 2021; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) shakes hands with St. Louis Blues center Ryan O’Reilly (90) after victory in the third period in game four of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Le-USA TODAY Sports

Stop me if you heard me say this one. The Oilers and Taylor Hall could mend broken fences for a reunion. Yes, it’s not something I haven’t brought up before. With Ryan-Nugent Hopkin possibly on the way out via free agency, Kurt Leavins of the Edmonton Journal sees several options as his replacement.

One of those options in none other than Taylor Hall.

NHL Rumors: Taylor Hall and Oilers reunion?

Taylor Hall is coming off a one year deal earning $8 million and is unlikely to get anything close to it. While he’s expressed a desire to remain in Boston, as have the Bruins, don’t rule out going home to the Oilers.

“I’m not looking to absolutely maximize my value at this point in my career,” Hall said on breakup day. “I’ve been fortunate enough to make some good money in this league, and at this point, it’s more of a fit for me than maybe money, or long-term thing. You want to find a home for the next few years here.”

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – APRIL 15: Taylor Hall #71 of the Boston Bruins celebrates with Jeremy Lauzon #55 and Patrice Bergeron #37 after scoring a goal against the New York Islanders during the third period at TD Garden on April 15, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeat the Islanders 4-1. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

If the Leafs can’t get Zack Hyman done, I expect the Oilers will be in pitching for him. But there will be many suitors. So, who else may they target… One to watch could be Alex Killorn. He’s a legit Top-6 guy at $4.45. That would be right in Edmonton’s price range. If Boston can sign Taylor Hall, then hometown RFA Jake DeBrusk becomes expendable. The Bruins won’t get what DeBrusk is worth, they’ve been too busy devaluing their own asset. Oh, and if Hall doesn’t sign in Boston then do not dismiss Edmonton’s interest in Taylor, either.

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Around the NHL Trade Deadline, before Boston made the deal, analyst Doug MacLean was told that a reunion was discussed.

“I also heard yesterday they’re in on the guy from Buffalo that everybody wants [Hall]. I’m thinking, how could Taylor Hall go there on a deal?” MacLean said. “The guy told me they’re looking at a deal that would have [Hall and RNH] both done for less than $12 million for both of them, and it would work next year. It was a reasonable source that said it.”

The possibility is still there to sign both, but I see it as unlikely. If Nugent-Hopkins were to depart, Hall makes as much sense as anyone.

Will the Avs play hardball with Gabriel Landeskog?

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Gabriel Landeskog (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

The Denver Post did their Avalanche postmortem and suggested that Joe Sakic may opt to play hardball with his captain, Gabriel Landeskog.

They mused over Gabriel Landeskog’s future with the club following his disappointing performance against the Golden Knights. Chambers speculates the Avs could offer their captain a “take it or leave it” offer of $5 million annually and not at his preferred term. O’Halloran believes a “bad team with salary-cap space” like the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks seeking a “heart-and-guts leader like Landeskog” will give him an offer he can’t or won’t refuse.

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When it comes to Colorado, they will likely hold off on signing any of their UFAs. The big names that stands out here are Gabriel Landeskog, Brandon Saad and Phillip Grubauer. Joe Sakic is likely to re-sign all three come post expansion draft.

What could cause the Avs to go the take it or leave it route? Cale Makar is an RFA and if Sakic believes it would be best to go a full 8 years at around $8 to $9 million per season, there will be cap casualties. Even so, I don’t see Landeskog being the one. Should Sakic go in that direction and not a bridge deal with Makar, it will be Saad signing elsewhere.