Taylor Hall, Sabres (29 years old/ UFA this summer/ $8 million salary cap hit): This signing did not work out as planned for anybody. Hall’s one-year deal in Buffalo did not result in a big season individually that could have boosted his value for this offseason, and Hall has not been able to make a difference for a Sabres team that has been overmatched in the East Division all season.
Hall has already said he is opening to waiving his no-trade clause if the Sabres can move him, and while his goal production is way down (two in 37 games) he still has strong possession numbers and is being crushed by a 2.3 percent shooting percentage. New scenery, new teammates, and a better team could be the key here.
Kyle Palmieri, New Jersey Devils (30 years old/ UFA this summer/ $4.65 million salary cap hit): A trade here is simply a matter of when and not if, or so it appears. The Devils held Palmieri out of Sunday’s game and his agent confirmed it is because the team is looking to finalize a move before the NHL trade deadline. Palmieri is a 25-30 goal scorer that makes a positive impact defensively. He can help any contending team he ends up playing for.
Nick Foligno, Blue Jackets (33 years old/ UFA this summer/ $5.5 million salary cap hit): The Blue Jackets’ season is starting to slip away from them and the best course of action at this point is probably to sell their pending free agents like defenseman David Savard and Foligno. He is probably not a top-line producer at this point, at least not as someone that can carry his own line, but he can still provide some depth without costing a fortune in terms of money, cap space, or trade assets. The Blue Jackets would have no trouble moving him.
Rickard Rakell, Ducks (27 years old/ Signed through 2022/ $3.789 million salary cap hit): Rakell would be the Ducks’ most marketable trade asset right now. Not only because he is an excellent top-six winger, but also because he is signed through the end of next season at a very affordable salary cap number.