Goodbye Taylor Hall

Well my worst nightmares are coming true; the Golden Boys of the Rebuild 2.0 era are slowly being traded away, and my hopes of watching an Oilers playoff run in the near future are once again being dashed. Hopefully I’m proven VERY wrong, and Adam Larsson will be exactly what the doctor ordered, but for now I will mourn the loss of Edmonton’s best player over the last 6 years. So long Taylor. Sorry things had to end this way. I will always be grateful for what you did during your time in Edmonton, and I’ll miss you dearly. Good luck in New Jersey!  

See you on the other side, 


  • Man, to be a fly on the wall during TMac and Chia’s discussions throughout the season when things went off the rails…
    I cannot imagine Hall being part of the problem for the team, but I could easily see a situation where TMac said look Pete, this team is not moving forward with Hall on it, so if you can get a player we need…
    At the very least, I don’t think TMac was starkly defending Hall from the rumours circulating that he was not a team-player in the dressing room. I bet they had some very frank discussions on how well he fits and what kind of leadership he brings (or lack thereof). Sadly, we’ll never really know the full story, just shameless speculation.

  • Heschultzhescores

    I get we dumped Taylor Hall’s salary, but we could have dumped softer guys like Eberle and Yak, and got a similar D-man. Taylor Hall was a “ME” man and I think that’s why he’s gone…but you put him on a team with a real leader and he won’t be able to carry that attitude with him. It’s understandable what they did, but they got too little.

    • MrBung

      The Oilers can’t get anything for Yak. Maybe a 4th round pick. Ray Ferraro on Yakupov: “I had someone describe his style to me as a guy who looks like he’s being chased by bees.”

  • SmokeyXIII

    Everyone is acting like we’re not an NHL team anymore. Come on everyone and get real for a minute here. We weren’t even an NHL team to start with. Bahahaha!

    Ok but seriously maybe its going to be OK?

  • OilBlood

    Hall was not good in the locker room and that’s why this trade was done. Sorry call it hearsay or whatever you want. Where there’s smoke there’s fire. I felt like the turning point where Tmac realized this was when he kicked hall to the end of the bench. Realized he is uncoachable and plays more for the name on the back than the crest on the front.

    The Edmonton Oilers TEAM is better today than it was yesterday.

    Good luck Taylor hopefully this trade is a serious attitude adjustment.

    Welcome Adam Larsson!

    • Bubba Train

      That must be why Oilers chose Hall as a roommate and Mentor for Connor. He was poison, right?

      Unless you have proof, character assassination is in poor taste.

    • There’s no way you can prove any of this. I could cite as many direct observations that Hall was loved by the guys and it wouldn’t mean Jack.

      Unless you are personally in the room and involved with the team it’s all fan boy talk. If you were any of those things you wouldn’t be posting here.

      • L

        This hall cancer in the dressing room is just people looking at him emotionally destroyed on the bench. He might not have the greatest skill but I’ve never seen a player risk his health as much as hall has just to get a fricking goal. Goals mean wins. That’s all taylor wanted. And he proved his leadership by not wanting to leave. And connor will second that to whoever asks him. Almost need to ignore these people that have NO idea what it’s like in that dressing room

      • OilBlood

        My eyes, ears and common sense are proof enough. Watch him on the ice, listen to him off of it, listen to his conference call after the trade and your deaf if you don’t hear the egomaniac he is. He can’t believe how he wasn’t seen as the main fix. He sounded like a spoiled brat not a 24 year old professional.

        From Darren Dreger a season and a half ago since he’s more qualified than I am:

        “It’s not one player; it’s the collection of players that make up a sagging work ethic and a lack of culture,” he said. “But if you wanted to put a face on it or a name to it, that would be Taylor Hall. Taylor Hall, at least again from a culture standpoint, more in the room not necessarily on the ice, hasn’t been what they’d hoped he would be.”

        Low return, can never make a team canada unless it’s the watered down world championship.

        The only place he is viewed as being worth a pieterangelo or Subban is in Edmonton. Wake up.

    • Moneyball1976

      Funny, thats the same kind of unsubstantiated nonsense I have heard about Larsson. Maybe Larsson is a cancer in the dressing room and thats why he NJ traded him?

      • BubbaZanetti

        Nice try, unfortunately for you, all the talk coming out of Jersey, not only from mgmt, and team mates but also former players is positive.
        Good team-mate, hard worker, a leader in the dressing room.
        How many guys have come forward to speak on behalf of Hall….. ( cue the crickets )

        Get over it, he’s gone.

  • OilCan2

    Taylor gave it his best while he was here. He was a bright spot on a long dark night of Oilers history. His numbers speak louder than our speculation of trivial matters.

    All the best Taylor.

    I’ve got to get to my Swedish and Finnish summer school.

  • Renegade

    I don’t really like the trade at face value, but maybe Chia sees something in Larsson. This is a bold move. Tambellini was accused of doing nothing and MacTavish over-promised and under delivered. We finally have a GM that is willing to try something and people still aren’t happy. I’m pretty sure there is a plan, maybe we do sign Lucic and Demers tomorrow, then you could think of the trade as Hall for Lucic, Demers, and Larsson, which I probably would do this trade. It’s all in your perspective. Plus Lucic is a veteran, whom also won a cup, we could use a little leadership like that on the team.

  • okchattrick

    To me, Hall was not a great player, he was just a good player and IMHO he was a puck hog. People are mourning over this trade lie it was the Gretzky trade (it wasn’t even close). Just maybe, Hall was the “cancer” in the locker room.

  • Lamar's Javelin

    uh playoffs are far closer than they were with Taylor. The TEAM that laces up for the home opener is simply going to be several dynamic steps ahead of what we finished with last year. I didn’t want #4 to leave either but in the end… so what? It wasn’t working and you have to cut off a few roses to get the whole plant to blossom sometimes.

  • Gravis82

    I hope the oil fall flat on their face for this next year and it all unravels. Which it will. I am a die hard fan for 20 years, but I literally don’t care anymore.

    I am so done with this team.

    Then they bring in Shero on the radio this afternoon to butter us up and tell us everything is going to be ok. Ridiculous.

  • Suzycue123

    I hope the ice is softer on the other side hall bro…quit slipping and falling and you’ll be alright, man!!!

    At least you’ve got henrique right???

    • BobbyCanuck

      I would like to see #4 retired, only if Klowe says he is retiring this off season, than lets retire his jersey as well.

      Slag him all you want, but he was a part of the Glory Days, and he has done a LOT for the Edmonton community

  • MrBung

    Peter Chiarelli was fired from Boston for a reason. A GM is cleaning up his mess in Boston and now he is “cleaning” up a mess left by MacT and Howson…which for some reason are still part of the management team. Strange.

    I can’t wait to see the bloated, long term deal they give Lucic.

  • DrillForOil

    I’m in the minority that is happy with this deal for the most part – a 2nd rd pick would have been nice.

    Hall was good but not great – overrated because of this dumpster fire of a team. They didn’t trade away one of the best wingers in the game people. Hall is a first line winger but nowhere close to elite. If he was close to being part of that upper crust we’d see him on Olympic or WC rosters.

    Hall’s replacement was just drafted last week.

  • bcoil

    Denise Potvin this AM on the NHL channel said that in his opinion NJ wins the trade for the next two years but after that and over the length of their careers Oilers wins with Larsson easily Not even close in his opinion he is very high on Larsson. That opinion from a very good defence man.

    • @Hallsy4

      That’s what Daddy likes to hear. Also, we should score enough with McD and his merry band of brothers from Rebuild 3.0 and the straglers from 2.0. A minute munching Shut down D man who was good last year, plus 15 with all D zone Starts on not a great team. He is also young and signed to a good contract. It is tough to lose Hallsy, but I think next year we have a shot at playoffs barring a huge suprise tomorrow and for the rest of the summer. The team already feels way different now that he’s gone. Mixed feelings for sure as we lost a good player, but it for sure feels different, which we needed. Playoffs 🙂 Do you guys think Nuge or Ebs will be gone by the end of summer as well? TOmmorow will be interesting, maybe Chia has got a bug in Okposos ear too

  • JoeC

    I understand as an Oilers fan this trade sucks b/c we traded a fan favourite. That being said we need a d-man. I get that Larson isn’t the superstar d-man we thought we would get that’s life. If he turns out to be a top pairing d-man then the right move was made. As Oilers fans we have to realize that there was no way we could keep all the top end talent. I think this trade will work out in the end.

  • reaperfunkss

    I dont think this trade was as much about dumping hall as it was about adding a D-man. Right shot 23 year old d-men who are locked in for a few seasons at a decent number and starting to show promise are near impossible to get. It took a taylor Hall to land one.

    I like Hall but he too often showed a lack of hockey IQ. If he is a truly elite LW then why isnt he on the World Cup Roster?

    We over valued him perhaps as fans? As we keep on doing. Nature of fandom of course.

    There is no way Eberle has great value in the NHL. Too much money for too little results. Same with Nuge. But to Oiler fans in majority these guys are great and we love them. But they havent made this team a winner either.

    Took to Long for Bold moves to be made. Good to see them happening now.

  • @Hallsy4

    Does this mean Pouliot Stays Next year? I have faith in Lucic and Maroon as top 2 LW, 3rd Drake then Hendo? I thought Pou was a goner, tommorow might be very telling. I’d still like him, yak and Ebs Swapped out. Heck even Nuge I wouldn’t mind just so everything has changed, but then We’d better get back some top end scoring. Lucic and Okposo would be a start, but we’d need more.

  • Tony Montana

    The problem is that we get revisionist spouting off both ways.

    Either Taylor Hall is the greatest thing since sliced bread, or he’s a bum depending on who you ask.

    The fact is Taylor Hall is a great Winger, and great wingers are easier to find than even good right shooting dmen. And as a result right shooting dmen come at a premium.

    Did we get the best player in the deal? NO!
    Were we winning with the best player in this deal in our lineup? Not nearly enough!
    This is why fans can’t be GM’s, fans would make decisions with passion. GM’s do it with reason. Will this trade pay off? We’ll see, but changes had to be made, I’m sick of watching other teams in the playoffs and this team hasn’t had a sniff of the playoffs in a decade.

  • Spoils

    Guys are talking like Lucic is an absolute DONE deal. I look at his snub on team Canada and the endless chatter out east about Subban-Weber and Stamkos and the fact that Hall is going to a deeper pit as a real tragedy.

    Hall is such a gem.

    Doesn’t anybody notice this? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!

    I invented the piano key necktie, I invented it! What have you done, Derek? You’ve done nothing! NOTHIIIING!