Devils’ Taylor Hall misses game vs. Avalanche for ‘precautionary’ reasons

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New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall (9) skates during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres. (Jeffrey T. Barnes/AP)

New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall was held out of the team’s game against the Colorado Avalanche for what the team calls “precautionary” reasons on Friday.

Hall took part in the pre-game warmup and was on the lineup sheet before being announced scratch with Michael McLeod drawing in for the 28-year-old. Devils head coach Alain Nasreddine says that Hall will accompany the team when they travel to take on the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday but doesn’t know if he will be in the lineup.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman added the “expectation” is Hall will not suit up Saturday night in Arizona.

According to Corey Masisak of The Athletic, the Devils said there was nothing to report on a potential trade.

The former Hart Trophy winner has been involved in several trade rumours with the Avalanche reportedly among the favourites to land Hall ahead of the trade deadline. Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston recently reported during Saturday’s Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada that the Devils were moving forward with their plan to trade Hall.

“It sounds as though the conversations so far have largely been one-sided,” Johnston said. “The Devils are encouraging teams to step forward with offers, not so much of a back and forth.”

In 30 games this season, the Calgary native has six goals and 25 points and is a pending unrestricted free agent.

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