The Oilers Trade Taylor Hall to New Jersey

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Wait… let me compose myself. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! *faints* The Oilers have reportedly traded Taylor Hall to New Jersey straight across for Adam Larsson.

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Taylor Hall has been traded to the New Jersey Devils straight across for Adam Larsson. From where I blog, I’m going to go out and say that this has to be one of the worst Oilers trades in the history of the franchise. As a straight up deal this is absolutely terrible. Taylor Hall is one of the best left wingers in the NHL and Adam Larsson is currently a second pairing defenseman, and, frankly, there’s no way to spin this in the Oilers favour. Chiarelli grossly overpaid for a right handed defenseman. Full stop.

Aside from writing hate filled letters to Chiarelli’s office I’m trying to hold out hope that he’s not done yet — it’s the only thing that will keep me from thinking that Chiarelli has lost the plot. Even so, Adam Larsson isn’t a top 20 defenseman in the league and Chiarelli felt the need to move one of the best left wingers in the league for him. The pressure on Larsson coming in to this season will be astronomical, and I find it hard to believe that he will be able to live up to the billing of being the guy they traded Taylor Hall to get.



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Upon first glance at his numbers, one might not be overly impressed. But there is much more to Larsson’s game than numbers. He is a workhorse, capable of logging major minutes in all situations. He has played with uncommon poise for a player of his age in a league against men in the Swedish Elite League the past two years. Simply put, there aren’t very many holes in Larsson’s game. He is the complete package, capable of taking over a game with his size, skating and elite two-way skills. He’s likely not going to ever contribute elite offensive numbers from the backend, but he is more than capable of rushing the puck end-to-end, making great stretch passes with his superb vision and unleashing a hard and accurate point shot.

From Last Word on Sports

Adam Larsson’s situation is very much a lesson on how to develop players. The young gun stepped into the NHL at the age of 18 after two solid seasons playing in Sweden’s top league. Confidence is always crucial, but to a youthful player, it’s everything.  Newcomers to the NHL are going to make mistakes, and they are especially glaring if they are playing defense or goaltending. Punishing players for every single error is counterproductive, especially in the modern NHL where teaching and communication are key.

For New Jersey, their defensive core is shaping up nicely thanks to Larsson, Merrill, Gelinas and Severson. If all goes well in their development, the Devils have the makings of a very good blueline. Adam Larsson may not be the flashiest guy, or put up the numbers that some expected him to, but his game has become so much more than that. Being trusted to play big minutes every night against the top players in the game is no small feat, and teams crave individuals like that. The 22-year old defenseman has the tools, and now the confidence, to be a top defender — now it’s time for him to prove it.


Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2011-12 New Jersey Devils NHL 65 2 16 18 20 -7 5 1 1 4
2012-13 Albany Devils AHL 33 4 15 19 24 -1
2012-13 New Jersey Devils NHL 37 6 6 12 4
2013-14 New Jersey Devils NHL 26 1 2 3 12 -1
2013-14 Albany Devils AHL 33 3 16 19 16 2 4 2
2014-15 New Jersey Devils NHL 64 3 21 24 34 2
2014-15 Albany Devils AHL 1 2 2 1
2015-16 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 3 15 18 77 15
NHL Totals 274 9 60 69 155 5 1 1 4
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  • CMG30

    There is no way to spin this as a positive. The Oilers are a worse team today than they were yesterday. From an asset management perspective this deal flat out stinks. It’s made even worse by the fact that Montreal traded Subban not 10 minutes later for a player clearly in decline and signed till he’s 40.

    The Oilers didn’t even wait till they signed Lucic before pulling the trigger on this abomination. This deal stinks of panic. IMO Chirelli just bet his future as GM of the Oilers on a question mark. If the Oilers are not playoff bound next year I have no doubt he’ll be faced with a well deserved firing.

    The trust is broken.

  • Shameless Plugger

    Boiled down. Taylor Hall was offered to every g.m. in the league and this was the best return. If it’s all you’re offered its all you can take. I hope it makes us a better TEAM.

    • CMG30

      Even if what you say is true, and that’s a big if. If the only deal you’re offered is a bad deal, you don’t make it. Bottom line, the Oilers didn’t need to trade Taylor.

    • herb

      In 2 years many here will have a different opinion about this trade, everything considered I think we won the trade.

      Most commenting here never watched Larsson play a shift and know absolutely nada about him.

    • McRaj

      Madjam I wish I would have been wrong and you been right about trading one of the three original core guys. Never did I think that this would be the trade they would have made. No way to justify this. Peter Chiarelli is incompetent. He could not make a good trade, any GM or fan could have been able to make this kind of trade.

  • Tony Montana

    If there was a better deal out there for Hall, The Oilers would have taken it. The consensus is the Oilers got hosed, but the fact is that they were not dealing from a position of strength, and they are not the only people out there looking for RD. Sure we gave up the better player in the trade, but the reality is, that was likely going to happen no matter what if Hall was the player leaving town. What we did get is nearly 2 million in cap space freed up, a legitimate top 4 Right shooting D-man, and the possibility that we add a second via free agency.

    I am taking a wait and see approach to this, The fact is we had more top 6 forwards than we had minutes to play them in a game, and not one single top 4 right shooting d man.

  • @Hallsy4

    Honestly I’ve got a lot of Faith in Larsson turning out to be Legit, like a better Klef who doesn’t get hurt and is way better defensively. I really hope that turns out to be true. Hall to me seems like a great individual player, but not a player to make the team better. Lucic must be locked up, and I assume Peter isn’t done. The man has finally lost it, but playoffs now actually seem like they could happen next year. TRADE THE REST OF THE OLD CORE

  • BubbaZanetti

    Good lord…he’s one player, a slightly above average player at best.

    I wonder what the coach thinks of this deal, you know the guy who is with these players day in and day out over the course of the season ?

    You know the coach who at the end of the year presser mentioned about having certain players “not getting it”, “not bringing it everynight” ?

    I wonder who some of those players are he was talking about…..maybe we’ll figure it out when they ship players out of here ?????

    Hey, wait a second ??????

    • Jay (not J)

      I think you have to take PC at face value when he says that this is the price that he had to pay. Look how much PK cost, look at how much Webber cost. It’s a huge pill to swallow, but it was those 6years of failing Hall and all of the rest us that made it nessesary. There will be fire in the streets if Barry or Petriangelo or someone comprable move for a forward this summer though.

  • ubermiguel

    Didn’t have time to read all the comments but a few thoughts:

    (1) NJ won the trade today by clearly getting the best player, but let’s wait and see who wins in 5 years.

    (2) Larsson plays against the hardest comp and with the worst zone starts and is still a plus player; that’s remarkable for a defenceman his age.

    (3) Larsson will be known as “the guy traded for Taylor Hall”. I hope he has a fast start and the fans don’t turn on him.

    (4) The symbolism of trading Hall is huge for the team. This is a clear break from prior management. Remember Lowe anointing Hall the future of the team? How’d that work out for you Six Rings? New management has no love for the prior “Core”, they got nothing accomplished, time to move on.

    (5) Add Lucic* (*pending), add Larsson, subtract Hall. Is the team better? The need for NHL defencemen was so great I think it is.

    EDIT: (6) And you wanted bold moves? You got bold moves.

  • Gravis82

    If I were an Alberta boy like Hall, after spending my formative years here playing for the team I cheered against as a kid, then first thing I would do after being unceremoniously traded to a rebuilding outpost like the New Jersey Devils would be to request a trade to the Calgary Flames and play out the rest of my career in my hometown for the team I grew up rooting for. I am an Oilers fan, but I would actually not be shocked if this happened.

    Secondly, hall and McDavid were showing Lucic around Rogers place. Do you think that Lucic likely assumed that both would be playing here? I would have. I also would not be surprised if this trade changes his mind.

    This has the potential to go so horribly bad that they will never recover.

  • Oilerz4life

    At least they didn’t dismantle the center depth, but who the heck is Adam Larsson? I have stood by Hall even when everyone on this site was rallying against him and all I can say is New Jersey got one hell of a player. Gross overpay is an understatement and Chiarelli lost this trade by a wide margin, hands down.

    • daryl

      Every one has to take a breath did you really think this would be painless we were between a rock and a hard place and this was the best deal we could make. Lets give Larsson a chance we couldn’t win with this group we should be better next year and if we are not then criticize but you have to break eggs to make an omelet so lets try this on for size. I can tell you there are a lot of Devils fans who don’t like this trade.

  • Dreadguy

    Such sort-sighted comments (the overtly negative ones). The Oilers just picked up a first-pairing 23 year old RHD that plays a ton of minutes in a shutdown role on a value contract. The emotional connection that Oil fans have to the players that have been mainstays in the last 4-5 years of complete futility is dumbfounding. I hope Hall does well, but it is time for change. My advice, expect more changes.

    • RJ

      I’m not in love with Hall. He had warts. Having said that, he was the team’s second-best player.

      Getting a second pairing defender from the 18th best team was a losing trade, especially without any prospects or picks in addition.

    • Lowe But Now High Expectations

      Couldn’t agree more. Today’s NHL is a defenceman’s league. You can have all the high end flashy offensive players you want, but without a solid d-core you will never win. And though Larsson may never be a norris winner, his type of player is a must for success.

  • BubbaZanetti

    I definitely was in shock when I heard…
    all I could think of was……FINALLY !
    I knew deep down this day would come.
    Good Job Mr Chiarelli.
    Keep doing what has to be done to improve this hockey team !!!!

  • Anton CP

    Adam Larsson is top pairing RD, he was just happened to play for one of the worst offensive team in NJ. Some other benefits came out of this trade, Larsson is young and with value contract at 4.1m for 5 more years. This trade even it is still landslide win for Devils but at least the Oilers are getting the need. This trade also open up nearly 2m cap space that the Oilers can use to either sign some more help from FA market or prepare to offer new extension to a few UFA next year. As good as Taylor Hall that losing him actually has much less impact on the team because as long as Nuge and Drais are still with the team that they can easily fill the vacant LW spot. The Oilers are loaded with LW or left shot forwards, even it is still an overpayment to let Hall go but again this has much less impact on offensive front of the team.

    • pkam

      I don’t know why hockey fans think he is top pairing RD now. Do you think Klefbom is a true top pairing defense now? Both of them may be a true top pairing defense in a year or 2, but definitely are not now.

      The fact that the Sweden National team added Klefbom over Larsson in 2015 WC to a group of 5LD and only 2 RD, despite Larsson had more than 100 NHL games over Klefbom. That tells you the value of Larsson and Klefbom in the eyes of the Sweden team management and coaches.

  • This.Is.NHL

    Larsson is a good D and I hope he becomes a number one very soon but the value PC just put on Hall by making this trade don’t look good for our future trades, PC needs to have more value on Players playing good in Canadian markets compared to playing in US markets.

    All we can do now is hope Larsson, Nurse, Reinhart all develope into number ones sooner then later because a hockey bag of pucks is looking like a real good deal for our forwards.

  • Will

    Chi didn’t win the trade. We know it. He knows it. But he never was going to win that trade. We need to get over that.

    I agree with the sentiment no winger in the NHL nets you an elite top pair right shot D man. Jackets had to trade number 1 C for a still developing RD. If you’re thinking Hall could net a top pair RD, you are wrong. If you think Hall could net a top pair RD with size, still young and on a good contract, then you are more wrong.

    Even if you bring in Lucic, Larsson and Lucic will not equal the offence Hall loses. We know it, Chi knows it. We need to get over that. But consider this… Oilers have had one of the worst goal differentials in the league for a while now. Every year, only one or two teams make the playoffs with a negative goal differential, and those teams rarely win the cup … if ever?

    I’m a huge Taylor Hall fan, but I think we all need to take of the rose coloured glasses and realize just how badly the team needs a top pair RD that can play big minutes. I think we need to realize Hall was never going to return an elite RD, and in fact no winger can. Even Jamie Benn would have a tough time returning a top RD in this market, let alone if he was part of a team that clearly desperately needed one and was going to have to overpay.

    So while Chi lost the trade, maybe it was the only way to make the team better, and get out of the basement.

  • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

    I’ll eat my words if Larsson can deliver, but he’s going to have to turn into a #1 defenseman by about game 10 for me to consider it ‘delivered.’

  • Also consider this… Hall for Subban brings more money in. Larsson AND Klefbom do not have a combined cap hit as high as Subban.

    I think it’s safe to assume the two Swedes are now the Oilers top pair. 8.32 mill for a top pair D team is impressive.

    We’re all so desperate for puck moving D, but Klefbom played THIRTY games last year. 30! Davidson played only 51. Together they didn’t even play a full season. And while the right side is still weak, getting over half a season of both Klefbom and Davidson will be a huge boon to the team. Not to mention you now put Larsson on the top pair for the next 6 years.

  • BubbaZanetti

    Say what you want I don’t care, I’m one happy camper !

    On a side note, that’s the wrong song, it should be;

    Na Na Na Na

    Na Na Na Na

    Hey Hey Hey


  • Interesting note from Button just before the 2011 draft.

    “Adam Larsson is a really good player, but I’m not so sure he’s going to be that elite, No. 1 guy whereas I see Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as an elite, No. 1 center,” Button said. “Larsson is going to be really good, strong player. He should play in your top two or three no problem. But is he that No. 1? I’m not so sure.”

  • OilCan2

    Yikes! See ya Hallsy. All the best going forward.

    Gads, Nail must be worth a second round pick for the Oil Kings.

    I for one like Larsson. Good RD. Good $ & term. Good age to grow with McD & co. This trade in NOT like a Martini: Add ingredients, shake, pour, enjoy. Its like: add ingredients, shake, play, savour a beverage from the CUP in several years.

    We wait;……….. sips more Kool Aid.

    .500 hockey by Christmas would be a win.