Taylor Hall has yet to sign a contract extension with New Jersey and we can adamantly say, it won’t happen.
The Devils’ superstar is a pending free agent and has made it clear to team management that he’s interested in at least testing the open market. And, at this point of his career, can you really blame him?
Hall has seen the Stanley Cup Playoffs just once in his NHL career, despite putting up some MVP calibre play. In fact, Hall has named league MVP back in 2018 when he personally willed the Devils into the post-season. However, it won’t happen this year and it might be time for a divorce.
This prompted NHL insider Pierre LeBrun of TSN and The Athletic to dress a list of six teams interested in acquiring Hall, who could now be moved at the trade deadline, and of course, his former team the Edmonton Oilers are involved.
NHL insider Elliotte Friedman also commented on the Oilers’ interest for Hall in his latest 31 Thoughts column on Sportsnet:
“I do think Edmonton’s interested, but there’s a limit. I’m not convinced the Oilers will pay what New Jersey wants.”
Indeed, it might be hard for the Oilers to offer first round picks and talented young players in return. We can’t imagine GM Ken Holland would be willing to part with Evan Bouchard or Philip Broberg.
However, the Oilers could find a loophole and potentially offer a package that includes Kailer Yamamoto. Or Tyler Benson. Or both, as the Hockey News suggests.
This would bring Hall back in Edmonton to the great pleasure of Oilers fans.