The Internet Trades Hall

Taylor Hall is currently being traded…by everyone with an internet connection who does not cheer for the Edmonton Oilers. Today I decided to share a few of my favorites because we should all share in a few laughs.

The Oilers would be fools to trade Hall right now. Not only is it the first time since his rookie campaign that he’s really struggled, but teams don’t get better by removing talent from their roster. The Oilers will invariably lose whatever trade they make with Hall as the main piece going the other way because he is a star player in this league. Two seasons of top 10 scoring in the NHL at the age of 23 speaks volumes to the kind of player Taylor Hall is, but the fact that he plays for a losing franchise whose goal is to be competitive some time after the new arena is opened makes outsiders look upon him differently than they would others of his calibre.

Sometimes at OilersNation we can be a little insulated from the views on the outside, which makes this a bit of fun. In any case, here are some trade proposals from random people around the interwebs. These are not insiders or people who cover the game. They just happened to post Hall trade proposals and I found them.

LET THE OFFERS START ROLLING IN

Hey, the Oilers need a goalie. The Bruins need scoring. Why not?

Well at least Tuuka Rask is a good goaltender, not so keen on trading 6 million dollars a year for Hall to get 7 million dollars a year for Rask though. That Rask contract runs out in 2021, which is just in time for this version of the Rebuild to get back on track, apparently. Maybe the Oil can just poach him as a UFA then.

@RyanPaulBlack Or Subban. I think this is why you keep hearing Boston. Rask isn’t going anywhere, so why not trade Subbanfor Hall?

— LedgerSko(@LedgerSko) December 17, 2014 

Hold the phone! This guy’s bang on. That Rask contract isnt getting moved. The Oilers should be happy with that prospect goalie for the face of their franchise instead! Malcolm Subban has a .923 sv% in 13 games this year in the AHL. That’s roughly equivalent to a 23 year old with 243 points in 272 NHL games.

If the Pens would happen to trade Maattaand Sutter for Hall, I will be sooooolivid..

— Olivia (@Livv87) December 17, 2014 

Me too Olivia. Me too. Brandon Sutter might be older than Hall and with a career high of 32 points but he is ready to break loose! The kid is the answer to Pittsburgh’s prayers. And Maata?! Dont get me started. Maybe for Sutter straight up. MAYBE.

Your backup Goalie AND three 7th Defensemen? Why thank you! I didnt know the Oil could get such a plentiful bounty for Taylor Hall. No, really, we insist that you keep Erixon. It isn’t fair that we take so much from the Hawks.

Would you trade nylanderfor taylorhall? #TMLtalk

— Zyzz(@WeTheNorth11) December 17, 2014 

Nah, Bro. Edmonton needs to add a lot more. Maybe if they throw in their 1st.

Perry Trade

Ha! Good one, guy from a HockeyBuzz comment section, but the guy who turned that deal away isn’t even the GM anymore! He’s the GM’s boss. Get with the program. Moving back to more trade talk.

Lucic

That’s mighty nice of you, Jeremy from the comments in Joe Haggerty’s column about the Bruins trading for Hall. I appreciate that. The Oilers have had their eye on a Lucic type forever. They’ve wasted entire draft classes to finding that winning lottery ticket and now they can have the real thing?! I mean it has to be done, no? The two players even have the same Cap hit so it just works out wonderfully for Edmonton.

Special Mention: That Haggerty piece floated out a doozy of a deal where the Oil basically take all the scraps Boston got for Seguin plus a little gristle.

@TSN690RadioMtl worst moment : bruins eliminating us in overtime on game7
trade to oilers: eller, emelin, andrighetto, 1st draft pick=T.Hall

— StephanePapineau(@CallMePapine) December 17, 2014 

BOOM! Oilers shore up 3C (Eller), 4D (Emelin), 4RW (Andrighetto), AND get a 1st? Sign. Me. Up.

I’m sure Eller in particular will be well received here in Edmonton despite his prior claims to Edmonton playing like a Junior team. Of course Emelin has a NTC so he would have to waive that, but I don’t see why coming to Edmonton would be an issue for him.

Zajac

Uh oh. I’ve gone down a rabbit hole with the HFBoards stuff. Zajac & Gelinas? Well Hall has 18 points and when you add Zajac and Gelinas together you get 18 points. The math pans out. How can you even argue this one?

oh my

Do you think that’s fair? The Oilers could maybe throw in Yakupov too. 

What’s that?

You don’t want him?

Ok. We can keep him, I guess.

PLEASE NO MORE

Ok. I’ll stop. Truth be told none of you ever deserved this.

The facts are plain, Taylor Hall is the beating heart of this franchise and trading him would be a monumental error. He’s not having a great season. It happens. The team isn’t winning. Definitely. But dumping Hall in any trade is probably going to land you deals like the ones above more often than it would a Shea Weber, PK Subban, or [Insert Some Other Actually Good Return]. 

The Oilers have Hall and he has them. If this thing gets sorted it will get sorted with Hall as an Oiler.

As for these people who have so thoughtfully prepared trade proposals for Taylor Hall, they’re just going to have to bear the disappointment of not getting him.

  • billythebullet

    I would consider Hall for Carolinas pick. Who knows. Maybe we could get McDavid and Eichel. If were in for another 5 years then our core centers would develop around our “veteran” d men. Thats alot of ASSuming. But it would be sweet. Nuge, McDavid ,Eichel, Draisatl…..dream

        • pkam

          Not sure how you come up with that.

          The top 4 salaries in Chicago:

          Toews: 6.3M, Kane: 6.3M, Crawford: 6.0M, Sharp: 5.9M, Total: 24.5M.

          I believe the cap is 69.0M. So 24.5M / 69.0M = 35.5%. It is not even close to 40% and it includes their goalie and they have locked up their 2 top pairing defensemen at a bargain price.

          Try to add a starting goalie and 2 top pairing defense at 10% each and we will spend 70-80% on just 7 players, with only 20-30% on the remaining 16 players. Not sure how you can do it.

  • Clyde Frog

    The problem with trading players as the loser “stocking” up on talent is that you are taking a NHL player and trading him for 1-3 chances at NHL player….

    This proposition only becomes worse when you trade a Elite NHL player…. Now not only do you need all 3 chances to pan out but you also need to win the lottery with one of them to just get back to where you were.

    Magic beans are fun and exciting to stockpile, but suck terribly at actually improving a team. Historically the teams that crawl out of the bottom of their divisions are those that retain and grow talent versus stocking up on magic beans….

    I see why teams do it, hope is amazing for keeping butts in the seats and jersey’s moving; but I do not think it really ends up helping the team at all.

    Long story short, trading Hall for anything but another youngish elite level player puts this team back to square one.

  • WTF2

    Hall contracted out himself for about one million dollars per month to play professional hockey for 6 months each year. If you accept the mantel of a golden boy in a hockey mad market then trade rumors come with the territory.

  • WTF2

    “Long story short, trading Hall for anything but another youngish elite level player puts this team back to square one”.

    Don’t kid yourself this team is at square one!

    • Clyde Frog

      Having a point per game kid at 23 is past square one. Not having one and hoping to get one again = square one.

      Not winning with him is not the same as not having him….

  • Salty

    Trading Taylor Hall? Unless this is just media propaganda to ensure that we are the worst team in the NHL and get McDavid then I dont think we need to just fire Lowe and MacT but we need to potentially check them into a looney Bin. We have ONE maybe 2 high end NHL Players to help us win, Nuge is 2, and we are going to get rid of them? We have spent the past 8+ years wasting draft picks and first overall picks and trading for hopes and dreams. Now if we are going to sell our best asset for magic beans I am done. Our track record of getting anything has been a flop. Keep what you have. If you want to move one of them get rid of eberle or yakupov. But again, trading Taylor Hall would almost guarentee we get mcdavid or eichel and prob a first overall pick in 2016, 2017 2018 to so. Why not right

  • WTF2

    Trading Hall is allowed to be a thought, but only if its for a #1 d or Cary Price, since montreal is able to be a perennial playoff team with only price. now write the damn game day blog henderson im getting bored

  • Anton CP

    Trade Hall then edmonton should make it a three way deal: Stamkos and Crosby to edmonton then Bolts and Pens can get Hall for half a season each. That sounds fair isn’t it?

  • Deported to Ottawa

    While it’s hard not to look at what Columbus did with Rick Nash and think the Oilers might need to sacrifice the core in favour of getting a team.

    However, I don’t think you need to go all the way up to Hall for the sacrifice. I would start with Eberle and Schultz and go from there.

    • justDOit

      Jultz is just worth nothing, especially considering any team would have to qualify him at 100% of his current salary. If you were another team, would you trade usefull players for Jultz?

      To put it in perspective, Michael Del Zotto was on waivers last season.

  • Salty

    So after Dreggers good buddy gets fired by the Oilers,he comes out and says Halls character is in question,and they might trade him… One of the names that keeps being brought up in Oilers rumours is Lucic,because there’s a guy who shows tons of character off the ice,right?give me a break.

    And what the hell does Craig MacTavish know about character anyway?did he learn of this while he was serving time in jail,for his bold character choices…?

    • Deported to Ottawa

      Wow, the guy made a mistake 30 years ago, served his time and has been a contributing member of society since.

      There’s always guys like you lined up to take a cheap shot.

    • Chris.

      According to Greg Wasinski at Puck Daddy; none of Dreger’s comments/insider info on this matter came from Eakins. Eakins (free to speak) contradicted the commentary vehemently at his exit presser.

      FYI: Kevin Lowe has always used Dreger to assassinate the character of his own players when they fall out of his favor. Call it arrogance, or self preservation… I call it cancer.

  • Salty

    I’ll take your Ferrari (even with its squeaky fan belt and nicked windshield)

    For…..

    My Brand newShelby mustang that’s eligible for the lemon law. The Corvette (not my new one, the one from last year), a super blinged up custom Hummer, Two new F-150 pick ups fully loaded, a 25 foot bayliner “yacht” with 10 year obligate mooring contract and a gift certificate for any 2015 Cadillac you want. Also a lifetime of oil change service and my entire collection of CDs, dvds, LPs cassettes and 8tracks.

    All told a roughly equivalent financial burden and therefore reasonable trade no?

    Oh sorry I thought this was car-trader-ridiculousness.com