In an interview on SiriusXM’s Hot Stove, Ferris mentioned some teams had made contract offers to his clients. But when asked if the Coyotes were one of them, he said, “No.”
Hall, 28, is one of the league’s top pending unrestricted free agents. But with the COVID-19 pandemic, those without contracts for next season face a lot of uncertainty. The Coyotes acquired Hall from the New Jersey Devils in a December blockbuster, with the goal of making a playoff push. As the standings currently sit, Arizona is four points out of a wild card spot in the Western Conference.
Ferris’s confirmation of no contract offer from the Coyotes matches comments made by general manager John Chayka in March.
“I have shared some calls with Darren. I think we’re both just trying to get our head wrapped around this scenario here and how it affects the Coyotes; how it potentially affects Taylor. It’s unique,” Chayka told The Athletic’s Craig Morgan on March 28. “I don’t have an answer for you other than to say, no, we haven’t exchanged numbers or anything like that.”
For his part, Hall told Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman that he’s not concerned about his pending free agency.
“It is definitely a weird time to possibly be a free agent, but there’s so much uncertainty throughout the league…throughout the world, really,” Hall said in March. “So I’m not as worried about free agency as I am about getting back to hockey and hoping that we can somehow get into the playoffs. I think everyone just wants some normalcy back in their lives.”
Ferris says he’s been in constant communication with NHLPA head Donald Fehr about issues related to his clients but, like everyone else, doesn’t know when the NHL’s business side can return to normal and what that new normal will look like.
“That’s the problem, it’s a moving target,” Ferris said about the NHL’s calendar. “It does give us time to prepare, but the uncertainty is difficult because we don’t know what the other side will look like.”