Red Wings: 3 players to target after NHL’s salary cap announcement

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The Arizona Coyotes will have to work some miracles to keep pending unrestricted free agent Taylor Hall in a Coyotes sweater.

The Detroit Red Wings could look into adding a top-flight forward in the form of Taylor Hall, who is a pending unrestricted free agent (UFA). The Arizona Coyotes have a tough situation ahead of them, they would like to keep Taylor Hall a part of the roster, but cap space is going to be an issue.

The Coyotes have a projected $1,510,000 in cap space going into the 2020-21 season according to CapFriendly’s numbers. This projection would leave the Coyotes with 34 standard contracts and 17 of them being roster spots.

Keeping Hall in a Coyotes sweater is going to be tough when an anticipated rise in salary cap has been shot down that will make it even tougher to keep him with the organization. The former first overall selection is now 28 years old, and it will be his eleventh season in with three NHL teams.

If the Red Wings opt to take a cheap route for a goaltender and want to make a splash in the top six forwards, signing Taylor Hall is worth exploring. This past season, Hall was moved from the New Jersey Devils, and the Red Wings were considered to be in the trade talks, but were they really?

Hall managed 16 goals and 36 assists over 65 total games where he totaled 52 points between his stints with the Coyotes and Devils during the 2019-20 regular season. He now looks to get back on the ice with the Coyotes for the return to play of the 2019-20 NHL season.

The Red Wings should at least try to make an offer to Hall, even if the Coyotes make a trade, offloading some cap space to keep Hall. Yzerman should at least throw some sort of offer at Hall, with hopes of landing a top-six forward upgrade.

Hall made $6 million as his average annual value on his last contract, giving him something similar could entice him to come to play alongside Dylan Larking and company for the Red Wings organization.