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Hall Shows His Frustration

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Taylor Hall’s meltdown came in front of a national television audience on Saturday.

So did the questioning of his coach’s decision to pull the goaltender in the later stage of a game when they were already three goals down.

It was a reaction the Edmonton Oilers sophomore was regretting the next morning, even though many thought it was refreshing to see someone upset with the circumstances.

“It was just a bit of frustration,” said Hall. “We all want to win, we all care, and to have that kind of result and the effort that we put in (Saturday) night isn’t what we wanted it.

“After that goal, I was just so frustrated at the whole sequence of events and I wasn’t singling out Tom by any means. I respect everything that Tom does and it was kind of embarrassing on my part to say that. But we moved on, we talked about it and everything is fine.”

Even the worst lip-readers could make out Hall’s questioning the whereabouts of his team’s goaltender as Lee Stempniak scored into an empty net to seal the Calgary Flames 6-2 victory Saturday. He then wondered aloud why the Oilers would pull the goaltender in that situation.


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Primis's avatar

It’s very likely that Hall made his frustration more-public because he’s made it apparent privately already at some point, and didn’t feel like he was listened to.  Hall doesn’t strike me as a heart-on-his-sleeve kinda’ guy, so…

Wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if this doesn’t mark the beginning of the end for Renney.  Fact is, this Oilers team is still just a glorified farm team for most other NHL teams (developing players before they move on to play for a REAL NHL team).  The culture of failure and losing there is still the basis of the organization.  One gets the feeling Hall and RNH will be out of there as soon as they can be, along with Hemsky and a few others.

More often than not in pro sports, heat of the moment displays the reality.  EDM is just a poorly-built team that’s been masked by being so bad for a few years they got two #1 overall slam dunk picks.  That always makes your drafting look better than it is.

Posted by Primis on 01/23/12 at 02:33 PM ET


by being so bad for a few years they got two #1 overall slam dunk picks.  That always makes your drafting look better than it is

Posted by Primis on 01/23/12 at 11:33 AM ET

Yeah, I see what you did there.

Posted by toolazytologin on 01/23/12 at 03:23 PM ET

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