Wanted to do some extra work on Taylor Hall.

What a unique situation. Hands-up all of you who thought he’d take the team plane back to New Jersey on Saturday night after being scratched in Colorado and Arizona.

You liars.

My fantasy football elimination freed up Sunday to consider the situation. Here are a few ideas on where this stands and where we’re going:

WHO’S IN?

I always ask myself: what don’t I know? In the craziness of the last 24-48 hours, it didn’t seem like there were a ton of teams in the Hall Derby. Compadre Chris Johnston reported Arizona as the favourite, and he wasn’t the only person who thought so.

According to multiple sources, the Coyotes were not offering either of their last two first-round draft picks, centre Barrett Hayton (2018) and defenceman Victor Soderstrom (2019). Both are scheduled to play at the upcoming World Junior Championships. I had heard the two teams were haggling over another Team Canada player, 19-year-old Kevin Bahl from OHL Ottawa. He was drafted 55th in 2018 by the Coyotes.