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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • beloch

    Larsson may be a top pairing guy in NJ, but he’s really more of a #3/#4 guy (He’d be a distant #4 in Calgary). He’s still just 23 and has time to grow, but I’d like to think Hall could bring back an established #1 guy in return. Maybe the premium on defenders really is that high.

    If Hall can’t bring back a true #1 D, then Chiarelli should package him with some other picks and prospects to get one. If you’re going to blow one of your best forwards in a deal, you should make sure you get a defender back who will be an absolute stud.

    • MrBung

      Larsson plays big minutes on a team that didn’t make the playoffs. I totally agree. He is #3-4 D at best. Flush.

      And he is not even a PP guy. This should have been a Larsson Plus.

      I think Hall was great trade bait, but this is the best return? That means a player like Yak would get you a bucket of pucks if you are lucky.

    • Red Deer Dan

      Good point. Welcome to Oil Country Adam Larsson. We bleed orange and blue, and we’ll be watching your career VERY closely.

      Hopefully this is a good fit for you, and for us.

  • Danoilerfanincalgary

    Bad trade it is that simple and I don’t care how much experience PC has this trade is not fair to the fans who paid a heavy price in losing to get Hall. I don’t care about the playoffs if it means we are just a mediocre team and just happy to make the playoffs. You will be missed Taylor Hall!

  • KACaribou

    This just in:

    Lowe and McT just handed in their resumes for the soon to be vacant GM job in Edmonton.

    They thought the trade was crazy, and they want their old jobs back!

    • Seanaconda

      Eriksson is one of the best 2 way players in the game so hopefully Larsson ends up being secretly amazing too.

      Apparently he gets a crazy amount of dzone starts so that could be hurting his offense totals.

  • @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

  • Moneyball1976

    Even if Larsson can be a #1D in the league the possibility of that occurrence has just dropped by a lot. The pressure to perform like a #1 will always be there and if he hasn’t been able to show that he is the next Pk Subban or Drew Doughty in his 5ish years in the NHL so far, so chance are very high that he will not turn into one here in Edmonton. Regardless you don’t trade current value for future value unless that future value is very very certain. Here there is no certainty with Larson. Larson is a good hockey player but not near a great player nor will he ever be. Chances are just as good that he flames out than he excels. Taylor Hall will be inducted into the Hockey hall of Fame, Larsson may be put down into the minors this year. To me this looks like kind of a beefed up Nikitin deal for the Oilers.

    The only conclusion one can draw is that the Oilers wanted to get rid of Hall for other reasons. Poor defense, no back checking, poor attitude in the dressing room…. I have no idea. The only other thing I can come up with is that the other GM’s do not like dealing with Chiarelli? We kind of saw that last year when we got scooped for a Dman to Calgary by his old team the bruins.

    I don’t know…. very frustrating and there is no way that this will ever go down as a good trade. Larson is just not a grade A defencemen is not even close to what hall could have been traded for. Even the bad deals I saw online this past week were way better than this one.

    Thanks for the venue to rant!

  • fisherprice

    This is an unfathomably bad trade. I had faith in Chiarelli as a good GM. All that faith evaporated in one moment.

    This is probably one of the top 10 worst trades in NHL history and that’s not even remotely an exaggeration.

  • Soccer Steve

    There is a way this makes sense: Connor McDavid.

    This is his team now; it’s official. Before today I always thought that our real rebuild began when we won McDavid. Now it’s confirmed with Hall gone. Hall wanted the team under his wing and the Oil wouldn’t have it. This team is Connors.

    Larsson fits because:
    1) His salary works with Connor getting $10m x 10 years soon,
    2) He is a blue-chip D prospect,
    3) Oil sucks therefore Hall must suck so say other teams when negotiating,
    4) D are extremely expensive right now.

    This team is being built around Connor, and rightly so. But the Oil cannot proclaim that publicly. Hall did not fit into that plan so he’s gone. Don’t be surprised if we don’t get Lucic.

  • SourGrapes

    I love Hall but not sorry to see him go – although time will tell who won this trade.

    Hall is great off the rush but has a number of holes in his game that I think people are overlooking.

    If it were MacT or Tambellini making this trade I’d say we were fleeced. I trust Chiarelli to remake this team into a contender and have confidence that this is a step in the right direction.

  • Dwayne Roloson 35

    If Lucic signs with us then its basically Hall for Larsson and Lucic.

    Maybe Hall really was a problem in the dressing room. Kassian had some comments about Hall and Hemsky hinted that he was a problem before he left to Dallas.

    At least we have McDavid to lead the way.

  • Gerrrg

    To be clear, I didn’t create an account and post here to attack hall. I agree with chiarelli’s stance on trading hall. As much as we all loved him and his production and passion for the game, it sometimes affected his game to the point that he tried to do too much. I can’t count the number of times that I was frustrated when he would give up the puck at the opposing blue line. Or when he took a bad penalty or ignored a linemate that was clearly wide open…etc…
    My point is that he is only one man. You cannot win with one star player. Theres no denying his work ethic and point production but we had a glaring need for a RH damn and chiapete has addressed that need.
    We should also keep in mind that we can’t compare the players as much as we want to since it was a straight across trade. It’s apples and oranges. We have an abundance of apples and the oranges are few and getting over ripe!
    I am on board the oiler train and I am confident with Pete as the conductor! I believe we are finally on track and headed in the right direction!
    Best regards to hallsy! I am sure he will continue to flourish in jersey. Thanks for you undying commitment to the oiler family!

  • 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 ??????

  • 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.’

  • I am Batman

    It is a DONE deal.|EDM|home

    Holly crap…. what is Chia’s problem with the 2010 draft class? I was not opposed to trading Taylor Hall and I new Subban was a bit of an over-reach, but…. Larsson????? You would think that Hamonic, Vatanen, Trouba, Jones or even Ekblad were better targets and not that far out of reach.

    I was not expecting Doughty or Karlsson or OEL for Hall alone, but I was not expecting Larsson… WHO THE HELL IS LARSSON?

    Time to find another team to cheer for, this is total insanity, unless there is a 3 way coming up.

    • There has to be more coming than that I would hope, Hall is the first of the $6 million dollar men to get it .(although it took till last year)Going to assume there is more to follow but with Mac-T and Howson still whispering sweet nothings in Pete’s ear maybe this is all we got. This has Lowe, Mac-T, and Howson written all over it, as in I can see them doing something this stupid, Chia (again I am assuming) is much more intelligent. I will reserve judgement till all the deck chairs are full (as in we need that cap space for the real defenceman we are getting). If this is a straight up 1 for 1 deal, I will keep all my memorabilia , but will have to find a new team to cheer for going forward. These clowns have used up all my goodwill and loyalty.There is none left for this collective group.

      • MrBung

        In any competently run organization, the previous management that ran the team into the sewer loads of bad signings, etc would have been fired. But the Oilers kept around the likes of MacT, Howson and Lowe. The loser dream team that destroyed this team. All of those clowns sat prominently at the draft table the the Hall Trader PC.

        • I am sure they were ecstatic. I can just hear Mac-T when Jesse dropped to us. Thats it, thats it, we forgot we needed a Finnish winger, my 80’s dream (nightmare) is complete. Again if this is a straight up 1 for 1, I am done with this franchise for good. I assume Chia wont let us down, but with those advisers for over a year, stupid sometimes goes uphill in the organization instead of down.

          • Time Travelling Sean

            Chia is a grown man making his own useless decisions. If MacT told him to do something stupid that’s Chias fault for listening.

            We traded an elite winger who could generate offense all by himself for some noname defenceman who sounds like a young Sekera who scored all of 18 points last season.

  • chickenStew

    I hate that we traded Hall, however..

    This team needs a huge shakeup. This qualifies.
    This team needs a good defenseman. This qualifies.

    This team has new faces about to be added on the wing.
    This team has wallowed in the basement for a decade.

    This team still isn’t ready yet.

    Players come and go, some are damn good players. It sucks but it can be for the overall good of the team in the long run. Some of us watched Gretzky, Messier, etc. move along before we were ready to let them go.

    With an upgraded D, a healthy top six, a little more depth than last year, maybe the team is suddenly far better off than it seems?

  • 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.