Every few months it feels like someone pokes the bear that known as Taylor Hall. They ask him something about his days in Edmonton and of course, he responds with a comment that lights up like a golf club held up in the sky during an electrical storm. I usually don’t pay much attention to it. Taylor is gone, and I couldn’t care less about him. However, I did catch the nugget of a quote from Hallsy the other day on Twitter. You know, the one about playing hockey in February? It got me wondering, has Taylor Hall ever been on the receiving end of a breakup? Because I think him and I might have something in common.
#NJDevils: Taylor Hall said the last time he had this much fun playing hockey in February was in Junior.
— Amanda Stein (@amandacstein) February 20, 2018
Ah, to be young and in love
You fall so fast when you’re so young — Taylor with the Oilers and me with a boy. Now you’re probably wondering, ‘where is Paige going with this?’ but just follow me for a minute. Taylor came to the Oilers as the star of the show. This was going to be his circus and his monkeys. A boy entered my world, and of course, he became the star of my show — my monkey in my circus of life.
My relationship was fun, just as I’m sure Taylor’s was with the Oilers. I’m sure he loved the organization and the city just as much as they loved him.
In my relationship, I found that we were going in different directions. I wanted to make it work, but at times felt like I wasn’t his priority anymore. I, however, stuck it through because I liked him.
Can I say for sure that Hall had those feelings after McDavid was drafted? No, but I’m fairly certain Hall knew this wasn’t his team anymore. If he was walking through a mall with Connor, people probably fangirled over McDavid more. Props to Hall for not getting frustrated. He stayed the course and was still a star on the Oilers.
Breakups are the worst
As I’m sure you’ve figured out, he broke up with me. I wasn’t happy at all. I tried to convince him to stay with me, that we could make it work, but we wanted different things in life.
The date was June 29th, 2016, when the news broke that the Oilers were breaking up with Hall. Did he know it was coming? Who knows, but we know he did take it personally. In his presser, he told the media he felt slighted: “I’m a proud person, and I do take this as an indictment on me as a hockey player. I don’t think there’s any other way to treat it. I think it’s safe to say I’m a very motivated player now.”
That bitter feeling
Trade is one for one: Adam Larsson for Taylor Hall.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 29, 2016
Hallsy’s and my paths differ here. I didn’t struggle after my breakup. I went out to make myself a better person, just as he did as a hockey player. His team, however, did struggle. The Devils didn’t make the playoffs, and to make matters worse, Taylor had to watch the club that didn’t want him finally make the postseason.
Whenever someone asked me about my ex for a while after, I was always eager to slip a snide comment about how much better I was doing and that I didn’t care about him. Taylor was doing the same thing about his former team. The first instance came during a Spittin’ Chiclets podcast hosted by former teammate Ryan Whitney last February. He stated if the Oilers won the cup, he’d be upset.
“Like I said, if they win the Cup I’ll be choked. But they’re going to make the playoffs, and I got my own thing going on here, and I’m getting more and more used to it,” said Hall.
The comparisons between the two of us stop there, I had moved on. For him it didn’t stop there, Hallsy was once again poked by the media in March of last year. When he was asked if he would cheer for the Oilers in the playoffs this was his response: “In the playoffs? No, I won’t be rooting for them.”
Today, Hallsy finally gets the chance to gloat. His team is making a playoff push and he’s a point per game player. Where’s his ex that didn’t want to be with him anymore? That’s right, pretty much where they were when they deleted his number from their phone and removed him on social media. Taylor is a chatty guy, and I for one can understand why he makes statements about his time here or where he is as a player. He’s just a bitter ex trying to make it through the process of having a broken heart. Do you think Taylor is in the right or wrong with his comments? Let me know your thoughts below!
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