Islanders still interested in acquiring Taylor Hall from Sabres

Chris Johnston and Elliotte Friedman go over all the news and rumours around the league with the NHL Trade Deadline on the horizon.

With Monday around the corner, Taylor Hall remains one of the biggest players that could be dealt at the trade deadline.

Earlier this week, it seemed that the New York Islanders were close to making a deal for the 29-year-old, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston, and yet Hall is still available on the market with just under 48 hours until the deadline.

"I think the Islanders are still interested potentially in getting him out of Buffalo but there are a few other teams lurking in the weeds," Johnston said during Saturday's Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada.

Timing, however, will be everything with this deal.

"There are some teams... that believe if it gets to Monday, if it gets closer to the 3 p.m. deadline and he's still on the Sabres, that maybe the price will come down and that's when they'll wait to strike and try to land Taylor Hall," Johnston explained.

Hall signed a one-year, $8-million deal — including a full no-move trade contract — with the Sabres during the off-season, which has been a complicating factor in Buffalo's pursuit of a trade partner. However, the Calgary, Alta., native has had some on-ice struggles this season that have impacted his market value.

The St. Louis Blues, Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs have all been previously rumoured to be in the hunt for Hall.

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