Joined: Jul. 2018
This deal is a shock to say the least. Maybe Hall is thinking this is his best shot to play with an elite center, and cash in next season. If he gets Buffalo into the playoffs he will automatically get Hart consideration, just by virtue of the turn around. If not he gets traded to a contender. Buffalo can get a great return, especially if they hold back salary.
I have no idea how anyone votes no on this as a deal for Buffalo though. Even if you think this makes Hall a bit of a mercenary, that's fine, they have him on a mercenary contract. They keep Eichel happy by giving him a high level winger, and if he gets them into the playoffs it cost them nothing but cap space to improve. If not, they have an asset that can make them more fun to watch and get them futures at the trade deadline. He's almost certainly going to be worth $8M next season, so I don't see the downside for the Sabres.