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The Boston Bruins Could Have Interest In Taylor Hall

from Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston,

Undoubtedly the Bruins could use a player of Hall’s caliber as the big, skilled winger that David Krejci has been looking for on his line for the last couple of seasons. It would force the Bruins to rearrange things a little bit, of course, whether it's shifting Jake DeBrusk down to the third line, or requiring one of Anders Bjork, Danton Heinen or DeBrusk to play on the right side rather than the left.

But those are minor adjustments when it comes to a 28-year-old who's just a couple of years removed from 39 goals and 93 points on his way to the NHL’s MVP Award, and a player who could immediately give the Bruins two extremely dangerous offensive lines while handing Krejci the kind of experienced top goal-scorer he has been without since the days of Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton, Jarome Iginla, and even Loui Eriksson.

The issues are two-fold with Hall, as they are with any number of big ticket items available at the deadline. The first issue would be the prohibitive cost for a player who's a former No. 1 overall pick and a Hart Trophy winner as well. The Devils would be seeking something along the lines of the Ottawa haul for Mark Stone (forward and D-man prospects along with a high draft pick).  

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Report- Devils Listening To Offers For Taylor Hall

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Evening Line- Taylor Hall

 

The Devils lost 7-6 in OT to the Lightning.

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All Taylor Hall

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

On the Devils' roster needing more talent surrounding him

To be honest, there was never a time when I sat with Ray and I said, "This needs to get better." Nor did he ever ask me anything like that. When I came out in the media and said we need more talent, that was fairly obvious. I think I was saying something that wasn't news to anyone. I think everyone in the organization saw that this was a summer of opportunity with a lot of teams that were in cap trouble. Last year I was hoping they would make a splash in free agency, but looking back, there probably wasn't anybody worth chasing after.

They did a great job this summer. I don't ever look at it like they're making moves to satisfy me or they're doing things to make me happy. They're just trying to create the best team possible, and I want to be the best player possible on this team.

On Jack Hughes

He makes the game look easy. It doesn't look like his heart rate is too high when he's out there because he's so calm and poised with the puck. He's never panicking. His stride is pretty effortless. I'm really impressed with his shot. He has a better shot than I saw two years ago when I first skated with him. I honestly thought he could barely shoot the puck when he was 15 years old. That's only going to keep getting better.

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Health Update On Taylor Hall

The New Jersey Devils provided the following medical updates on left wing Taylor Hall:

Earlier this week, Taylor Hall underwent successful left knee arthroscopic surgery performed by Dr. Jonathan L. Glashow, the Devils' head orthopedic surgeon and Chief Medical Officer for the New Jersey Devils and HBSE, assisted by team orthopedic surgeon Dr.  Michael Shindle. 

Hall will begin rehabilitation immediately and will be evaluated regularly by the medical and training staffs throughout the rehabilitative process.  Over the next few weeks, a timeline for his return to play will be guided by his progress.   Updates on his status will be given when available. 

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Hockey Talk In The Middle Of December

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- Is New Jersey showing enough to Taylor Hall that the NHL’s reigning Hart Trophy winner will sign an extension this summer and thus alleviate fears he will flee as a 2020 free agent?

Does Hall believe enough in the club’s future to eschew hitting the open market, where he’d be welcomed with offers from multiple contenders an elite piece away?

More to the point: Is there a team whose pajamas No. 9 wore to bed as a child?...

- So wait. While we expand the playoffs to include play-in rounds featuring conference ninth- and 10th-place teams (presumably in a mini-tournament with the seventh- and eighth-place clubs), what is everyone else supposed to do? Sit around for a week?

Playoff expansion is a terrible idea, worse even than the absurd bracket format. 

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The Hart Trophy Goes To Taylor Hall

via NHL PR,

Left wing Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils has won the Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Hall received 72 first-place tallies among the 164 ballots cast and garnered 1,264 voting points to edge Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, the top choice of 60 voters for 1,194 points. It marked the closest Hart Trophy race since 2012-13, when Alex Ovechkin (WSH) edged Sidney Crosby (PIT), 1,090-1,058. Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar finished third in balloting with 551 points.

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Taylor Hall Has Finally Moved On

from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,

Taylor Hall is picturing a recent memory, unremarkable yet personally momentous. It was early last fall, a couple days into his second Devils training camp. Beneath clear skies and a brilliant sun, Hall was lounging on the outdoor pool deck of his high-rise complex in Jersey City, finally feeling settled after the June 2016 blockbuster that brought him there from Edmonton. His apartment was furnished, his car was registered, his state license obtained … so much life-cluttering “little crap” sorted out. He looked around, digesting the scene. “OK, this is normal,” he thought. “This is home.”

Wounded in the wake of the trade, a one-for-one swap with defenseman Adam Larsson, Hall had spoken with Devils general manager Ray Shero, who likened what Hall would experience leaving the Oilers–the organization that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2009–to the death of a family member.

“I’m giving you one year,” Shero told him. “Then you’ve got to move on.”

Even Hall will admit that the mourning period lasted until that time limit hit triple zeroes, no doubt worsened by New Jersey’s last-place finish and Edmonton’s run to the second round. Relocating was a yearlong adjustment too, since Hall knew almost none of his new teammates and absolutely nothing about the area. Shero looks back and laughs at how long he took to discover the tollbooth magic of EZ Pass.

Then came summer. Between a revamped training regimen and two illuminating meetings–not to mention a trip to Coachella with then-teammate Dalton Prout–Hall returned having rounded a personal corner.

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This Is Taylor Hall

from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,

The way Hall plays, there are times you’d be tempted to give up half your team for 2010’s first-overall pick, whose 93 points in 76 games this year was a staggering 41 more than the second-best scoring Devil, Hall’s rookie centre Nico Hischier. Among forwards, Hall finished as one of the NHL’s best handful of takeaway artists and the only Jersey player to end with a superior relative Corsi rating was defenceman Will Butcher, who had more offensive zone starts than anybody on the team.

The manner in which Hall blends speed and sturdiness into one terrorizing package is something to behold. A member of an opposing coaching staff says people don’t understand how strong on the puck Hall is. If you gave every NHLer a beige, numberless jersey and had them burn laps, the only child of Steve Hall and Kim Strba would be a cinch to pick out from the crowd thanks to his signature broad-based stride. The truly can’t-miss aspect to his game, though, is the way No. 9 surges whenever he touches the frozen rubber, as if mere contact with it sends a signal to his feet. “Every time he’s got the puck, he’s not trying to slow down to make a play, he’s speeding up,” says teammate Travis Zajac. “I think there’s only a few [NHLers] who can really do that, and he’s one of them.”

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Video- Evening Line—Taylor Hall

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The MVP Type Year For Taylor Hall

from Chris Ryan of NJ.com,

Between his two goals and two assists, Hall moved the 93 points on the season and has the Devils one win away from a postseason berth.

Those 93 points are 42 points ahead of Nico Hischier, who ranks second on the Devils with 51 points. That gap is the largest among the top two scorers on an NHL team this season.

"There's lots of talk of him and Hart Trophy consideration and things like that," Hynes said. 'But I think when you look at the impact this guy has had on our team, on the organization and where we're at, it can't be close. He's played with two rookies, he's played with Kyle (Palmieri) when he's been up there. The consistency level he's played with throughout the year, driving our team, night in and night out throughout the year has been exceptional."

His four-point effort on Tuesday matched a season high, going back to when he posted four assists in a 5-4 overtime win over the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 19.

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Taylor Hall’s Point Streak

from Rob Vollman at NHL.com,

Taylor Hall extended his point streak to 26 games Tuesday, and the New Jersey Devils forward's run stacks up well against the longest streak in NHL history, by Wayne Gretzky.

After getting two assists in a 6-4 victory against the Montreal Canadiens, Hall has 38 points (18 goals, 20 assists) in his past 26 games played; he missed three games Jan. 22-25 with a thumb injury. He has had a point in 19 straight games (26 points; 13 goals, 13 assists) since returning from injury, the longest such streak in the NHL this season, entering New Jersey's home game against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

His 26-game streak is the longest in New Jersey history; Patrik Elias (1999-2000) and Brian Gionta (2005-06) shared the record, each having had a point in 15 consecutive games. It is the longest in the NHL since Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks had a point in 26 straight games in 2015-16.

Gretzky had a point in the Edmonton Oilers' first 51 games of the 1983-84 season. And though Hall is a little more than halfway to Gretzky's streak, once scoring levels are factored in, it's nearly as impressive. 

In 1983-84, NHL teams averaged 3.94 goals per game, 32.4 percent higher than the 2.96 NHL teams were averaging this season through Tuesday.

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Taylor Hall A Hart Trophy Candidate

from Andrew Berkshire of Sportsnet,

Taylor Hall is scorching hot right now. Since the calendar turned to 2018, only Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby have more than Hall’s 33 points in 23 games, and there hasn’t been a single one of those games in which he’s failed to record a point. That streak is one of the most impressive in the modern era.

The streak has propelled Hall into the Hart Trophy conversation, not just because he’s now 12th in the NHL in points, but also because he has been involved in 37.1 per cent of the goals the New Jersey Devils have scored this season. That’s the fifth-best mark in the league after Connor McDavid, Johnny Gaudreau, Claude Giroux, and Anze Kopitar.

Bolstering Hall’s case is the fact that no player leading their team in scoring has as big of a gap between them and the second place scorer on their team than does Hall, who has 28 more points than rookie Nico Hischier — not to mention he has more than twice as many points as third place Jesper Bratt.

Those numbers alone would put a player in conversation for the Hart Trophy, but it’s easy to be in consideration for the award in the midst of a hot streak.

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Taylor Hall’s Point Streak Continues In Win Over The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Chris Ryan of NJ.com,

Points seem to be a matter of when, not if, for Taylor Hall these days.

The Devils forward recorded one goal and one assist to extend his personal point streak to 22 consecutive games played, while he added a point in the team's 15th straight game in a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday at PPG Paints Arena.

The 15-game streak — the one the NHL recognizes since Hall missed three games due to injury in the middle of his 22-game streak — is still the longest in the league this season. 

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Afternoon Line- Taylor Hall

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Video- Haven’t Seen Much Of This From Alex Burrows Lately

via Chris Ryan of NJ.com,

Loss aside, the biggest moment of the night came in the second when Burrows went after Hall following a check by the Devils forward.

Hall delivered a big hit to Burrows along the left wall in the Senators' zone, and Burrows immediately began retaliate. He landed a cross check on Hall before being separated while the play ended. He then went after Hall again, taking him down to the ice while landing punches and a few knees to the head.

"I thought it was a clean hit," Hall told media after the game. "He was losing his mind and I think he kneed me in the back of the head at one point."

Burrows was hit with a second minor following the post-play altercation, and he went to the penalty box for four minutes for cross checking and roughing.

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Video- Taylor Hall Injured Last Night

Last night the Devils said they should know more about the condition of Hall sometime today.

 

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No Playoffs Again For Taylor Hall

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

You can forgive Taylor Hall if he tunes out next month when the Stanley Cup playoffs begin.

"My first couple of seasons in the league, I probably watched every playoff game I could," the New Jersey Devils star said Thursday at the Air Canada Centre.

"Now that I'm seven seasons in, it's tough to watch, knowing that I haven't experienced a playoff game yet. In saying that, as the playoffs go on and I get more time away from hockey, I indulge more so in the games. You can't help but watch and learn and see what these guys are doing at the highest level."

You're not human if you don't feel for this guy. The 25-year-old winger is seeing his former team, the Edmonton Oilers, looking playoff-bound for the first time in 11 seasons.

He was bitter about the trade to the Devils last summer. He's over it now, but that doesn't mean he's going to be cheering for the Oilers next month.

"No, I won't be rooting for them," he smiled.

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Video- Tagging Along With Taylor Hall When He Returned To Edmonton

A behind the scenes look at Taylor Hall when he recently returned to Edmonton.

 

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Videos- Taylor Hall With A Sneaky Elbow On Zack Kassian

Near the end of the video is the best angle of the elbow.

Hall received 4 minutes for high-sticking and Kassian 2 for roughing.

The Oilers beat the Devils 3-2 in OT.

 

 

Below, Hall on the elbow...

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Taylor Hall Returns To Edmonton Tonight

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Taylor Hall took the first step to cutting the cord with his old Edmonton Oilers team last week in New Jersey when he played against buddies Connor McDavid, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

But Hall will officially sever it Thursday night when he’ll be the enemy against the Oilers in the town where he got Kevin Lowe’s old No. 4 out of mothballs and on his back, where he went from teenager to man, where he got the letter A on his jersey.

“I honestly don’t know what I’ll feel,” said Hall, who played 381 games for the Oilers but traded in June 29 for defenceman Adam Larsson. “I think I’ll get a good applause … in the past when guys have come back and played they’ve always been gracious to them. I don’t think it’ll be any different. That’s the kind of people that are here in Edmonton. I really enjoyed my time here and the way they treated me.”

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Taylor Hall On Playing Against The Edmonton Oilers Tonight

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

"It's going to be weird, but to be honest, it was really nice to have a game [Friday] against a different team," Hall said. "I guess now I start thinking about it. I'm just trying to stay focused on helping my team and trying to get two points for us. It's definitely going to be weird and I'm not going to downplay that. It's going to be a super strange atmosphere for me, but the quicker I put that aside and just focus on playing hockey and focus on my contribution to the team, I think that's the best way to go."

Hall said in November that his motivation after the trade was to prove the Oilers wrong for getting rid of him. He's hit or miss on if he has done that through almost half of his first season in New Jersey.

He has nine goals and 16 assists (25 points) in 30 games, and the Devils are 16-17-7, six points out of a Stanley Cup Playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Oilers, who haven't made the playoffs since 2006, are 20-13-7, third in the Pacific Division.

"I wanted to prove them wrong in more of a team sense than anything, more of, 'How much can I do to help my team?'" Hall said. "I'm obviously disappointed in that factor. We're one game below .500. We're not in a playoff spot and Edmonton is. I don't think that falls all on my shoulders, but certainly I think I have another level to get to and I think I will."

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Taylor Hall Out After Arthroscopic Surgery For A Torn Meniscus

via the New Jersey Devils,

The New Jersey Devils provided the following update on LW Taylor Hall:

This afternoon, Taylor Hall underwent successful arthroscopic surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee.

The procedure was performed at Summit (NJ) Medical Group Surgery Center by team physician Dr. Michael Shindle and Dr. Jonathan Glashow, the Devils' Chief Medical Officer.

His expected recovery time is approximately 3-4 weeks. Additionally, the club has placed Hall on Injured Reserve.

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An MRI Scheduled For Taylor Hall

from Chris Ryan at NJ.com,

What started off as a precautionary measure for Devils left wing Taylor Hall took another step toward being something more serious Tuesday night.

After being held out of Tuesday's 2-1 overtime win against the Dallas Stars, Hall flew back to New Jersey for further evaluation and an MRI on what the team continues to call a lower body injury.

"Taylor went back to New Jersey for further evaluation. It's lower body, and we'll have an update in a couple days," Devils coach John Hynes said after Tuesday's game.

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Friedman chronicles ‘the 23 minutes that shook the hockey world’

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman penned an absolutely fantastic feature article discussing the trio of moves that shook the hockey world on June 29th, 2016, and his article's more than worth your time:

Did they know? Did Marc Bergevin, Peter Chiarelli, David Poile, Ray Shero and Steven Stamkos know they were going to set the NHL on its ear one early summer afternoon?

“We knew what we were doing but had no idea what everyone else was up to,” New Jersey GM Shero said last weekend. “You know this is going to get out, so we’re trying to get hold of Adam Larsson. All of a sudden, you hear the other moves, and you’re like, ‘Holy (Bleep).’”

“July 1 is a landslide, but you expect it,” said Chiarelli, Edmonton’s President of Hockey Operations and GM. “The last thing you’re thinking about is someone else’s deal. We had the TV on, and the moves came across the ticker. I did a double-take. Wow.”

“In my world, none of that other stuff mattered,” laughed Poile, Nashville’s President of Hockey Operations and GM. “I still don’t know the order of the three moves.”

At 2:34 p.m. ET on Wednesday July 29 — seven minutes after intense speculation about Taylor Hall hit Twitter — his trade to the Devils for Larsson was a reality. It’s almost impossible to believe there could be a bigger one-for-one deal in the same afternoon, but 17 minutes later came an absolute blockbuster: Shea Weber for P.K. Subban.

Then, at 2:57 p.m., word came that #Stammergeddon was over. Steven Stamkos stayed in Tampa.

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On The Taylor Hall/Adam Larsson Trade

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

Fans of the Edmonton Oilers are lucky in that between the two radio stations, 630 CHED and TSN 1260, we get to hear commentary from some of the wisest heads in hockey, including five of my favourites, Craig Simpson, Mike Johnson, Craig Button, Adam Oates and Ray Ferraro.

This past week all five weighed in on the Adam Larsson-for-Taylor Hall trade. In case you missed what they had to say to hosts Bob Stauffer of CHED and Jason Gregor of Team 1260, here are some of the highlights:

Craig Simpson on Oilers Now: “I felt there was a real sense of need (to acquire a defenceman). There was a real sense of anxiousness to make something happen so at least you fill a hole that you’ve not been able to fill for a long time… You’re forced in that situation to put in a guy that we all hope will fill that role...

Ray Ferraro on TSN1260: “Clearly the best player in the deal went East. There’s not any question about that. I mean I was surprised there wasn’t a second piece in the puzzle for Edmonton. Adam Larsson, I don’t see play live a whole pile, but he is a defence first, second and third guy. He moves the puck OK. He skates fine. He’s not a speed burner, but he skates fine. He’s not going to score a lot… but it’s really difficult to get a handle on what Adam Larsson is yet because the first couple of years in New Jersey he didn’t play very much.

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Friedman: Why not PK for Hall instead?

Leading off a 1 AM-posted edition of "30 Thoughts" (I guess it's been that kind of day for Elliotte Friedman, too):

On a crazy day where Steven Stamkos signing in Tampa Bay could arguably be the third-biggest hockey story, the most unanswered question has to be: “Why couldn’t Montreal and Edmonton work out a Taylor Hall-P.K. Subban deal?”

The Oilers sure could’ve used Subban. We knew they were talking last week. Montreal initially asked for Leon Draisaitl, the No. 4 pick at Friday’s draft and more. That “more” included either Oscar Klefbom and Darnell Nurse, plus something else. I can’t nail down what that “something else” was, but it was not insignificant. It was a big price to pay, and Edmonton did not want to do that.

According to several sources, there was another possibility — without Draisaitl. Was Hall there? I can’t say for sure. But I do think he’s got fans in the Montreal organization. So, why didn’t it happen?

Here’s a quote from a GM on a different team: “How much are you paying Connor McDavid in two years? If you’re budgeting for $10M-11M, that’s $19M-$20M for him and Subban. Can you do it under this tighter cap?”

I would suspect that’s the reason.

With McDavid’s next contract potentially massive, Peter Chiarelli looked elsewhere. The Hall-for-Adam Larsson deal saves Edmonton more than $1.8M in cap room. No doubt that’s why it was a one-for-one trade. New Jersey GM Ray Shero could say, “I’m adding salary, I’m not giving up anything else.” He took a hard line.

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The Made In Canada Trades Today

from Scott Stinson of the National Post,

Where the Subban trade becomes sad is that he was beloved in Montreal and donated $10-million to the local children’s hospital. Better get rid of that guy because he doesn’t play the boring style preferred by the coach.

Over in Edmonton, the trade of Hall was at least sort of understandable if you squinted at it a certain way. Yes, Hall was the Oilers’ leading scorer last season, though he would not have been if Connor McDavid had stayed healthy, and yes, Edmonton has for years now needed to improve its defence even as they kept adding forwards at the top of the NHL draft. So the trade of Hall for New Jersey Devils defenceman Adam Larsson at least addresses a key need. But Hall is also under contract for another four years at the fantastic price of $6-million per season, and he is just 23. In theory, he was a very valuable trade chip, one that should have acquired a better haul in return.

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The New Jersey Devils Win In Trade Swap Of Adam Larsson For Taylor Hall

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Devils pulled off a heist of notable proportions in acquiring young marquee left winger Taylor Hall from the Oilers in exchange for promising young defenseman Adam Larsson.

The Devils entered the offseason with a top-five goaltender in Cory Schneider, a young and relatively deep defense and an admirable work ethic but also facing a huge talent gap at forward between themselves and the best teams in the East.

This deal in which general manager Ray Shero — who when at Pittsburgh acquired Chris Kunitz from Anaheim for Ryan Whitney and James Neal and Matt Niskanen from Dallas for Alex Goligoski — added the 24-year-old Hall from Edmonton goes a long way to addressing that gap.

Hall, the first overall selection of the 2010 entry draft, is a speed-and-skill winger who plays with an edge and can put the puck in the net, getting 26 goals with 39 assists last season. Of all those high-end lottery picks that came before Conor McDavid a year ago, Hall owns the most formidable game.

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Taylor Hall Traded To New Jersey For Adam Larsson

 

 

Possible more details coming.

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Taylor Hall’s Season

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Fans of the Chicago Blackhawks were treated to one heck of a point streak by Hart Trophy front-runner Patrick Kane.

On Thursday night, they'll get to see a winger on the visiting Edmonton Oilers who is putting together a special season of his own.

"He's been tremendous for us," Oilers head coach Todd McLellan said Wednesday when asked about Taylor Hall's season. "He's been the catalyst."

Fourth in league scoring with 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists) in 32 games, the 24-year-old Hall is on pace for a career season, helping carry his team through key injuries, including one to rookie phenom Connor McDavid.

"One of the best power skaters in the game," a rival Western Conference scout said of Hall. "Good hands plus good playmaking abilities, obviously can score goals. But his first couple of seasons, lots of us were worried about him getting hurt badly because he kept his head down. He's learning, though, and will continue to get better. A real exciting player to watch."

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Taylor Hall Has The Winning Attitude Once Again

from Jason Gregor of the Edmonton Journal,

Winning was all Taylor Hall knew prior to joining the Edmonton Oilers.

He won the under-18 world hockey championship with Canada in 2008 and back-to-back Memorial Cups (including MVP honours) with the Windsor Spitfires in 2009-10.

But over the past five seasons, no one in the National Hockey League has experienced more losing than Hall and his Oilers teammate Jordan Eberle.

That’s why the recent world championship was such a special treat for Hall and Eberle, who not only won the gold medal, but also had the pleasure of playing on a line with Sidney Crosby and worked with new Oilers coach Todd McLellan. Hall scored the most even-strength goals in the tournament and was named an all-star.

“You kind of forget how fun it is to be a part of a group of guys who win and have results,” Hall said. “And it’s not an insult to anyone in the (Oilers) organization or anything, but it just didn’t happen for us the past five years.

“To end the season like that and to go into the summer feeling good not only about yourself, but what you can bring to a team, is a really good feeling.”

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Taylor Hall Out Six Weeks With Ankle Injury

via the Edmonton Sun,

Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall will be sidelined for six weeks with a bad ankle the team said is the result of slash in a game against San Jose.

The slash was on his already bad ankle and the team is calling the injury a crack.

It was close to a pre-existing bone bruise, suffered after being hit on the ankle with a puck in practice, but the team is calling it a different injury.

Hall hasn't played since the Feb. 2 game versus the Sharks, where he picked up a goal and an assists and tallied just 10:41 time on ice.

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Taylor Hall Worried About Scoring, Wants To Stay In Edmonton

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Now healthy as he can be, Hall can’t score. He has 11 goals and 29 points in 40 games, well off his normal pace.

Hall scored two goals against the Dallas Stars on Dec. 21, and got one against the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 9, but that’s it in the last 24 games. He’s managed 13 assists, but no goal celebrations.

His name has come up in trade talk, which was sacrilege until now, although any player can get moved, no matter where they were picked in the draft. Tyler Seguin, who was the second pick behind Hall in 2010, was moved from the Boston Bruins after winning a Stanley Cup, albeit maybe more for how he was away from the rink than on the ice.

The Oilers aren’t shopping Hall, but general manager Craig MacTavish’s phone has likely rung, with Hall in Year 2 of a seven-year, $42-million contract.

“I’m sure teams are asking, but I’m happy here and need to get my own game untracked before worrying about that stuff,” Hall said.

“It’s a change. In year’s past, I’ve always been mentioned as a guy who won’t be traded, but now you see your name creeping up in rumours.

“My friends and family ask me about it. I tell them, ‘You really think I want to talk about being traded?’ ” he said with a laugh. “My only control over being traded is how I play. Ultimately, if I ever asked for a trade, that would be my responsibility. But I don’t want to leave, especially the way I’m playing now.”

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Here Comes The Tyler Seguin And Taylor Hall Comparison

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Tyler Seguin is off to Edmonton on Saturday morning, and you know what that means: Another round of Tyler-Taylor questions are coming – and these ones will be more pointed than ever, given their current career trajectories.

Tyler Seguin is on the rise. If he were a stock, it would be on the verge of a split. Seguin currently leads the NHL in goals and points, a rare feat in today’s game. Since the NHL introduced the Maurice (Rocket) Richard Trophy in 1999 to reward the NHL’s goal-scoring leader, only one player has managed to win both goal- and point-scoring titles in a single year, and that was Alex Ovechkin in 2008. Before that, you have to go back to 1996 and Mario Lemieux for the last time it happened.

Taylor Hall’s stock, meantime, is flat. In fact, some of the NHL’s so-called insider traders put Hall’s name on the sell list this week, after the Oilers fired coach Dallas Eakins and replaced him, on an interim basis, with the tandem of Craig MacTavish and Todd Nelson. MacTavish is the Oilers’ general manager and after reluctantly removing Eakins he promised a top-to-bottom review of the organization on the grounds that the team’s current struggles reflect a deeper problem than just coaching.

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Don’t Trade Taylor Hall

from Jason Gregor of the Edmonton Journal,

They are tired of hearing excuses. They’ve seen this organization fail year after year after year, but just when you think it couldn’t get any worse, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger suggested Taylor Hall might be available in a trade.

“If the untouchable label has been placed on the fortunate few (Oilers players), that’s going to change in the off-season when teams have more flexibility to make bigger and more meaningful deals.

“It’s unlikely RNH (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins) will become a target given his play and value as a top-line centre. But Hall, Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov, Justin Schultz and David Perron will be high on any list of players in play at the Draft when they shift from being Oilers to assets,” Dreger wrote.

Dreger has a close relationship with many inside the Oilers organization. For him to include Hall’s name as potential trade bait after the season suggests he heard it from someone within the team.

The Oilers have made some less-than-smart moves over the years, but if they are contemplating moving their most dangerous player, that illustrates they truly have no idea how to improve their hockey club.

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Garbutt knees Hall

During the Dallas Stars' 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers, as Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski noted, Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt...Oh hell, you know how this goes. Garbutt plus opposing player, this time Oilers forward Taylor Hall, equals knee-on-knee hit. Hall was okay, but still, this hit can be diagrammed with a s-u-s-p-e-n-s-i-o-n on the telestrator:

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Summarizing Cox and Friedman’s comments from Saturday’s ‘mini Hotstove’

Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman had about 70 seconds' worth of time to issue their version of the Satellite Hotstove on Saturday's Hockey Night in Canada broadcast, but they sped-talked their way through the following topics:

1. Cox says questions were surrounding Kaberle-Rangers participation in Kaberle's skate in Toronto today as the New Jersey Devils have had Scott Gomez around for over a month, but he can't travel with them on the road as he's not under contract/can't be paid;

Kaberle is allowed to travel with the team, per an NHL memo, for about 10 days before the team has to sign him or let him go, so the Rangers have to make their decision in another 7 days.

2. Friedman reports that while Taylor Hall remains on the IR with a sprained knee, Hall can at least skate early next week, though his timeline has not changed;

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Video- Taylor Hall Out Up To A Month With Sprained MCL

 

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Edmonton’s Taylor Hall takes a scary tumble

The Edmonton Oilers dropped a 3-2 decision to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, and as CBS Sports' Adam Gretz notes, Oilers forward Adam Hall left the game after a legal Chris Tanev shove yielded Hall tumbling off the goalpost and into the end boards. Hall left the game, and Sportsnet's "Ref Cam" added a particularly scary in-person perspective to the collision:

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Evening Line - Taylor Hall

“It’s gotten to the point now, not just for myself but for every player on our team, if we’re going to get the recognition … our team has to be a better team than it’s been in the pas. When we see players vault to levels that they weren’t at before, it’s usually because of their playoff performance. Or the way they were able to get their team into the playoffs.

“The same applies to me: In order for me to get the recognition I want from Edmonton fans and outside sources … it’s going to have to be because our team is good.”

-Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers.  More on Hall from Mark Spector of Sportsnet.

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Taylor Hall Healthy And Ready To Go

from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,

By skipping out on the World Championship, Hall was able to add a month to his workout regimen this off-season.

“That was probably the main reason why I didn’t go to Worlds, I wanted to give myself a really good summer to train,” Hall said. “It seemed like every summer I either had surgery or World Championships or an ankle to heal, so this summer was good for me in that regard. I got some good training in, I got on the ice a little bit earlier than I usually do, and hopefully, that helps out. I’m feeling good, I’m feeling healthy, I’m ready to go and I can’t wait for camp to start.”

Playing for the same head coach for two consecutive years should also benefit Hall heading into the year. In his four previous seasons with the Oilers, Hall has played for three different coaches, all seemingly wanting different things from him. This year, Dallas Eakins will be back behind the Oilers bench.

“That’s a really nice way to go into a year,” Hall said. “There is no awkward handshake at the start of the season (with new coach), it’s a business-like attitude now. I think Dallas feels really comfortable that way and I think all of us players over the course of 82 games got to know what Dallas expects from us and now we can hit ground running at camp.”

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Taylor Hall Or Tyler Seguin?

from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,

The Taylor versus Tyler drama at the 2010 draft was, really, driven more by alliteration than uncertainty. Taylor Hall may not have been a slam-dunk first-overall pick ahead of fast-rising Tyler Seguin, but by the time the Edmonton Oilers brass walked to the stage in Los Angeles, it would’ve been genuinely surprising to hear them call a name other than Hall’s.

Four years later, however, you can make cracking cases for both players as preferable to the other—which is exactly what we’re about to do.

Hall and Seguin have had different experiences through the early stages of their pro careers, Seguin having been to the Stanley Cup final twice with the Bruins, while Hall has yet to see his first playoff game in Edmonton. By the same token, both players have endured their share of hardship. Hall has faced perpetual questions about when the sad-sack Oilers will turn things around, while Seguin never blended in Boston, leading to a much-needed trade to Dallas just over 12 months ago.

Beyond similar first names, these players are linked by all-world speed and skill. But if we were to draft all over again, who would you take first?

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Oilers blowout loss includes flying jersey, water bottle

The Calgary Flames' 8-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers had a beautiful moment, and it had a couple of ugly ones, too. As Pro Hockey Talk's Cam Tucker noted, another Oilers fan threw a jersey on the ice (again), but MyRegularFace on Twitter captured Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens tossing it back into the crowd...

And Scrivens was having none of it after the game, either, as Sportnset noted:

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Taylor Hall Out Four Weeks

If you missed how Hall was injured, you can watch it below...

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Video- Taylor Hall Leaves Game With Knee Problem

via Sean Farrell at NHL.com,

Edmonton Oilers left wing Taylor Hall left his team's game Saturday against the Ottawa Senators in the second period with an injury to his left knee. He will not return.

Hall was called for slashing after he was hit hard by Senators defenseman Eric Gryba at 11:04 of the period. He came out of the penalty box and stayed on the ice briefly before going to the dressing room with 6:42 left in the period.

Watch the play below...

added 6:09pm, from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

In the second period of the Ottawa Senators vs. Edmonton Oilers game on Saturday, Senators defenceman Eric Gryba knocked Taylor Hall out of the game with a knee-on-knee hit. Hall left the game with a left knee injury.

continued with picture evidence... and I have also added a 2nd video below, scroll to the :40 mark to see the knee-on-knee hit...

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Video- What Do You Think Of This Taylor Hall Slash?

video via Sportsnet,

 

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Evening Line

Is (Taylor) Hall taking a dirty run at a guy like Clutterbuck going to make the next guy think about getting in Hall's business?

Maybe.

-Chris Stevenson of Sun Media.  More at the Toronto Sun on this topic.

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Video- Taylor Hall Suspended Two Games

The Taylor Hall suspension is explained by Brendan Shanahan.

 

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Shoulder Surgery For Taylor Hall

via TSN,

Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall is out for the season and faces a long road to recovery from shoulder surgery.

Hall will undergo labral shoulder surgery on his left shoulder and hopes to be healthy again in time for next season.

“Recovery time will be between five and six months, so our hope is that Taylor will be ready for the start of next season.” said Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini. “He’s going to have an incredible career, so this is the right time to take care of business and get this (surgery) done.”

Hall injured the shoulder for the first time in junior and has been playing through it for most of this season.

“It’s not the way I envisioned my career starting, but I hope to stay healthy after this and be a good Oiler for a long time,” said Hall.

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