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
Edmonton Oilers head coach Dave Tippett places seventh in Jack Adams voting

  • TDSM31

    Once the initial shock wears off I believe this will be the best thing for the Oil moving forward. Trust that Chia and McLellan had good reason for being ok moving Hall.

  • 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.

  • JuicyKillerWhale

    Im going to go on a little rant here. Lets start off with some basics, hall is one of the best players in his position, adam larsson is not even close to a top nhl defense man, while in my opinion he is a top 4, not a top 2. The oilers and the fans knew we would have to over pay to get a decent defenceman (as we likely will with Demers via free agency). But my word this fan base is so bipolar, turn it back 3 weeks and everyone was calling to trade everyone, and now that chia actually has the balls to do it, we all attack him. let it go, he did the best he could, its not like he had a better offer, this is the best we are going to get right now, and isn’t a defense man “right now” what we all called for? other teams knew are weak spots (defense) and they all were going to make us over pay, i dont see any situation here where we would have gotten a good deal. So quit whining, would you rather go into next season with THE EXACT SAME DEFENSE as last year?

  • Soccer Steve

    This shows how crazy-valuable D are right now. And how overrated we must believe our Oil to be. Honestly. What would Eberle fetch? Yak? Probably nothing, in all likelihood.

    The more time I’m giving this, the more I like it. If Larsson improves even marginally, his trade value will still be high. Hall’s decreases with every injury, with every passing year. No one wins with wingers. They win with D.

    They are building this thing for Connor. Don’t forget that. Hall probably wouldn’t/didn’t buy in, so he’s gone.

  • Mr.Ulanov

    At the end of the season after 10 years of no playoffs I resigned myself to whatever it takes to get back to the playoffs or atleast the hunt.

    If this improves our defence and the team overall then I’m all for it even if we lost the trade.

    • Hemmercules

      I’m of the same mindset. Looks bad on the surface but I’ve had enough losing, if the moves Chia makes this summer brings us to the promise land then who cares who is going in and out. The Oil need a balanced team for once. If it wasn’t obvious before then it is now, top end dmen just dont move around easily or on the cheap. Took montreal a top dman to get a top dman.

  • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • Dirtski

    They break down metrics and find Lasrsson to be the #1 Dman NJ. Consider that NJ was ranked #1 in goals against and #30 for goals for. By almost all accounts Larsson was the best D-man. Your not going to get a lot of points on the least scoring team in the NHL – BUT he still faired relative to Letang and Lindholm in PP60 5×5 while facing the toughest competition and getting about 20% offensive zone starts.

    This is the #1 guy on the #1 defensive team in the entire NHL. Hmmmmmm…..

    • Seanaconda

      We could wait and see I spose. Not my favorite trade but maybe he is so savvy you can’t even tell and Larsson puts us over the top.

      Doubt it but let’s see how the oilers look first before calling him stupid.

  • Jordan1126

    This was not going to be halls team. It is mcdavids. I don’t think he is ok with that. There is a vet who stated hall and ebs aren’t good in the room together. Apparently mcdavids parents moved him out of halls place as well.

    Let’s all join in welcoming captain mcdavid and hopefully one more addition to the defence.

    P.s. I’m sure Pete shopped around hard and this was the best he could get.

  • Ron Burgundy

    I love how the theme of seemingly every article on ON for the last 6 months (or 4 years) has been that the Oil need an RHD, and that they are going to have to overpay to get one, and now that we have done exactly that the sky is falling.

    I will guarantee that 99% of people on here saying this is a terrible deal have ever seen Adam Larsson play hockey. He’s a good player. Is he as good as Taylor Hall? No, but he’s a h-e-l-l of a lot better than anybody else we have on the right side.

    I say welcome Adam – with your extremely reasonable contract for the next 5 years, history of logging big, tough minutes, and your offensive upside (albeit modest). It’s like we just cloned Klefbom.

    Now hopefully we are also soon saying welcome to Milan to fill in on the left side. And hopefully we are not saying welcome to Demers…

  • Moe Sizzlack

    Chiarelli you PIECE of $H!T!!

    Get taken for Reinhart now Hall???

    Yak and Pouliot woulda got you F’n Larsson!!

    That’s strike TWO …!!!!!

    FML… Duff Me !!

  • Robert Ore

    Most posters (including me), agree that the Oilers gave up the better player than what the Oilers received back. However, as Oiler fans, lets welcome Larsson and not run him out of town like so many other past Oiler players.

  • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

    The only way this trade doesn’t go down as one of the worst ever, is if Hall turns into a 40 point guy in NJ, or if Larsson blossoms into a #1 D man. I’m still in shock.

  • Mitch92

    Taylor Hall straight up for Adam Larsson, on its face, appears to be a bad deal for the Oilers. The reality is that the Oilers were not going to improve their back-end without moving some bodies. My opinion is that Hall played himself out of Edmonton because he didn’t or couldn’t mesh well with future captain and team leader CMD. Now with the addition of Jesse Puljujarvi and the pending signing of Milan Lucic the focus had to be put on bringing in some quality experienced defenders. Finding one who is just coming into his own at the age of 23 was not a bad idea for this young core. I admit that I know little about Larsson but I know many Leaf fans saw something in him and wanted the Leafs to acquire him. Larsson will never provide the offense that Hall did but that is not why they acquired him. When critiquing the one for one deal, cap space should be included as a consideration. Larsson is one more piece on the road to respectability and this team is clearly Connor McDavid’s team now. Now if they could go and acquire Ryan Ellis from the Preds they would enter next season with a great deal of hope instead of the usual question marks. I doubt the trading is done yet either? Nuge, Ebs and Yak better have their bug-out bags packed and ready to go.

    • You have a good point. We got terrible value for Hall and lost this trade by a landslide but we did get a defensemen who has top pairing potential and that helps us more then Hall would. I just wish we got more for him though

    • My opinion is that Hall played himself out of Edmonton because he didn’t or couldn’t mesh well with future captain and team leader CMD.

      Ok this should be good. So despite Connor living with Hall last year and Hall basically falling over himself with praise for Connor, and those two lighting it up at the Worlds, somehow this translates into “He couldn’t mesh well”? TELL ME MORE OH FABULOUS ONE!

      • Mitch92

        It was painfully obvious that there was not enough puck for both Hall and McDavid when they played together. Hall thought McDavid was there just to pass him the puck. Having watched McDavid in junior and then with Hall in Edmonton, it was clear that McDavid’s talents were being wasted skating up and down the ice with Taylor Hall and never getting the puck. There is a reason the coaching staff did not play them together except for on the power play. IT DIDN’T WORK!

        • Seanaconda

          They worked in team canada this year but just cuz you don’t play well with another player doesn’t mean you don’t like the guy. They lived together. They both like having the puck on their stick no big deal to split up your top players to different lines.

  • Hemmercules

    Not a popular trade I see. One of them had to go. Maybe Taylor was a bit of a cancer, we may never know. He was part of a core that wasn’t advancing, might be for the best.

    One for one it doesn’t look very good but I think I’ll wait a week or two before totally crapping on Chiarelli. There must be more in store.

    Sounds like Chia was really watching Larsson for a while and views him as really underrated player, I hope he’s right.

  • Bubba Train

    Idiot Oilers fans.

    We were almost there. But constant crying on here and everywhere has pushed Hall out the door. Now you regret it???

    Few voices had praise for Hall. Many had nothing but “trade them all”. Logic dictates most Oilers trades were losses, yet the roar continued, “how can we get worse” “we are in 29 place”

    Well, we just got worse.