NHL Rumors: Taylor Hall wants to stay in Boston; Red Wings may trade Dylan Larkin; and is Flyers coach Alain Vigneault on the hot seat

Apr 13, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Taylor Hall (71) skates with the puck during an overtime period against the Buffalo Sabres at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL Trade Deadline has passed. Did you really think that would be an end to the rumors? Come on now, you all know better than that. This batch takes us from Boston to Detroit and ends in Philadelphia. Let’s get to it.

Taylor Hall wants to re-sign with the Bruins

Boston is where Taylor Hall wants to play. He used his trade protection to ensure it’s where he ended up as the Sabres had a better deal from a team out West. Now that he’s with the Bruins the former Hart Trophy winner would like to see if he can stay there past this season.

“I was ready to come to Boston and it didn’t work out,” he said via Zoom conference about last offseason before signing with the Sabres. “Once I knew there was a possibility I’d be traded, Boston was number one on the list.”

As far as his desires for the future, Hall didn’t play coy and came right out with his intentions. “I’d love to be a Bruin for a few years,” Hall said via NBC Sports. “It’s obviously been a bad year for me personally. I need to contribute and most of all, I want to be part of a team that wins games. I really believe we can do that here. That’s really just my main goal.”

The 29 year-old forward is coming off a one year deal worth $8 million. Boston will have 34 year-old David Krejci who earns $7.25 million coming off the cap next season which should allow them to retain Hall going forward.

Red Wings may entertain trading Dylan Larkin

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Is Dylan Larkin the next Detroit captain? (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Will the Detroit Red Wings trade Dylan Larkin? Considering they just moved Anthony Mantha don’t put it past Steve Yzerman. According to Elliotte Friedman, he thinks they could possibly consider such a move based on where he feels the team is in its rebuild.

This is purely my opinion and not anything I’ve heard, but, coming out of the enormous Detroit/Washington deal, does anyone ask Steve Yzerman about Dylan Larkin? One of the reasons Anthony Mantha and Jakub Vrana were traded was due to frustration with their play (and, especially in Vrana’s case, his own consternation at the way he was being used). But another key factor is that the Red Wings feel their rebuild will take longer than originally predicted.

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Larkin has two more seasons on his deal that comes with a $6.1 million AAV. The 24 year-old center has 22 points in 40 games this season. This needs to be taken with a grain salt considering the team he plays for doesn’t have a ton of high level talent. The kid did have 73 points in 76 games in the 2018-19 season.

You know there’s a team from New York City that’s ready to unload some of their deep prospect pool for another top center. If they can’t have Jack Eichel maybe this is a better option.

Alain Vigneault apparently safe, changes coming to Flyers

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Mar 4, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; /Philadelphia Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault (left) talks to left wing James van Riemsdyk (25) and center Sean Couturier (14) against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The trade deadline came and went without adding any pieces to help make a playoff push. Unlike the Rangers who also did not make any moves; the Flyers were considered a Cup contender coming in so this would appear ominous for Alain Vigneault’s future.

When GM Chuck Fletcher was asked about making a coaching change he quickly answered “No.” Of course, that doesn’t mean it won’t happen but for now it seems AV is safe. The same can’t be said about the Flyers who will likely make some very big changes this offseason.

They have been tied to Johnny Gaudreau now for awhile and the Flames will be shaking things up this summer too. Expect above between these two franchise in the offseason.