LA Kings: Three potential targets leading up to trade deadline

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Taylor Hall

Ok, so this is maybe a bigger name than you expected to see on this list. But it would at least be worth having a discussion with the Sabres about Taylor Hall, too.

The 2017-18 Hart Trophy winner surprised everyone when he signed a one-year contract with the Sabres. He was betting on having a strong year playing next to Eichel, returning to his MVP form, and then cashing in when he returned to free agency, but, again, few things have gone according to plan with this team.

Hall has just two goals and 14 points in 23 games this season. The fit hasn’t been what anyone hoped, it’s hard to imagine there’s mutual interest in continuing this partnership beyond this season, and the Sabres are already well out of the playoff race in the East Division.

So if the Sabres are looking to move on from Hall and his market is depressed due to the disappointing season he’s had so far, is it possible the price tag on him could be low enough that it would make sense for LA? It’s at least worth asking. Hall is still a major talent, and this could be a good buy-low opportunity.