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
Game Notes: Flames @ Oilers

  • JackFlash

    I’m writing as a NJ Devils Fan. I’m not here to gloat. I know about bad hockey news….(Parisi, Kovalchuk). I do think we got the better of the deal, however don’t underestimate Larsson. He’s better than his numbers would indicate. As you know, it takes more time for defensive men to mature. He’s coming into his own. If he can get past the pressure of replacing Hall, he’ll be fine. I’m sorry to see Larsson go as most NJD fans will be. But it was necessary for a player of Hall’s caliber. Is he worth Hall….no. But he has a ton of up potential. Sincerely, the best of luck. You folks do deserve better than what you have gotten. GO DEVILS! Sorry, I had to do it.

  • herb


    I’ve written many times that Hall wouldn’t bring nearly as much back as ON thinks he’s worth. This is good trade in so many ways. I’ve wanted him gone for years!

  • 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.

      • 99CupsofCoffey

        Not necessarily. I wouldn’t have been surprised to see it on Hendricks, or even go with a bunch of “A”‘s again.

        Connor the Captain in 2017/18? You bet, no question.

        But with the state of the team, and who knows who’s going next? It’ll have to be Connor sooner than later.

  • 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.

  • 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?

    • Seanaconda

      18 points with something like 68 percent dzone starts and the Devils offense. Lets see what he does with mcdavid and Co. And getting somewhat normal ozone starts.

    • madjam

      Still might get worse if he trades Hopkins and Eberle for Wideman , and Lucic decides not to sign here , wouldn’t that be a kick in the ass . Surprised Nicholson and Chia not canned after the Hall deal , before they do any further damage . Chia claims another victim . The trouble with Chia’s bold moves is he inevitably gets the donkeys behind in return .

  • Friendly Neighbourhood Canucks fan

    Hey guys, I know this is a rough time. I just want to let you guys know we are here for you. This trade is bad, let’s not sugarcoat it but just know that this one terrible trade has nothing on the perpetually crappy trades the Canucks are making. See you in the lottery again next year! #TrollinForNolan

  • Gerald R. Ford

    This guy at work heard “Hall for Larsson”, and started doing that dance that the “NOT THE DADDY!” guys do on Maury Povich. Then I had to explain to him that it was ADAM Larsson, not Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Well, talk about taking the emotional express elevator from the penthouse to the outhouse…

  • 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!