The Arizona Coyotes acquired Taylor Hall in December knowing he will be an unrestricted free agent this upcoming offseason, but coach Rick Tocchet is confident his team can retain the star forward's services beyond this campaign.
Hall began this season with the New Jersey Devils before he was traded to the Coyotes on December 16, 2019, in exchange for three players and two draft picks.
He had 10 goals and 17 assists in 35 games with Arizona and 52 points in 65 games with New Jersey and Arizona before the season was put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic on March 12.
"I'm not saying he's going to sign here, but I definitely think we're a team he's very interested in staying with," Tocchet told the ESPN On Ice podcast this week.
Hall, the 2017-18 NHL MVP, is expected to be the most sought-after free agent forward on the open market.
"You're talking about a guy who before this was going to make a ton of money," Tocchet said. "With this whole pandemic, like he told me, he doesn't want to go through another year trying to play on a one-year contract. He wants to get settled somewhere. So, he's got a lot of different options that he's gotta weigh."
The Coyotes have not made the playoffs since 2012 and were not one of the top eight teams in the Western Conference when this season was put on hold.