Taylor Hall is happy. You should be too. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Comparing Taylor Hall's Contract Extension

This seems to be all the rage today.  Let’s go with it.

Absolutely no secret by now that Taylor Hall has signed a seven year, 42 million dollar extension that will keep him an Oiler throughout the 2019-20 season.  Again, I’m elated by all of that.

Let’s compare it with some other recent contracts that are similar, and see how it looks.  Shall we?

Let’s go back to the first year after the (last) lockout   Let’s take a look at the first forward picked in every draft up until Taylor Hall. That list looks something like this:

  • Sidney Crosby
  • Jordan Staal
  • Patrick Kane
  • Steven Stamkos
  • John Tavares, and
  • Taylor Hall

If I’ve ended up with this list on my all-star team, I’ve done a good job.  Now, let’s calculate the first two seasons of each player.

CROSBY:  160 GP, 192 PTS (1.2 PPG)

J STAAL:  163 GP, 70 PTS (.43 PPG)

KANE:  162 GP, 142 PTS (.88 PPG)

STAMKOS:  164 GP, 186 PTS (1.14 PPG)

TAVARES:  161 GP, 121 PTS (.75 PPG)

HALL:  126 GP, 95 PTS (.75 PPG)

And just for fun

EBERLE:  147 GP, 119 PTS (.81 PPG)

Now, let’s compare those contracts after the entry level contracts, shall we?

CROSBY:  43.5M over 5 years (2008-9 through 2012-13, cap hit 8.7M per year)

J STAAL:  16M over 4 years (2009-10 through 2012-13, cap hit 4M per year)

KANE:  31.5M over 5 years (2010-11 through 2014-15, cap hit 6.3M per year)

STAMKOS:  37.5M over 5 years (2011-12 through 2015-16. cap hit 7.5M per year)

TAVARES:  33M over 6 years (2012-13 through 2017-18), cap hit 5.5M per year)

HALL:  42M over 7 years (2013-14 through 2019-20, cap hit 6M per year)

I’m more that OK with this deal.  And you should be, too.

He has suffered a few wacky injuries.  There was the ankle injury versus Derek Dorsett after a fight. There was also the time that he was pasted into the boards in Colorado by Ryan Wilson.  And who could forget the whole skate to the head thing?

The point?  They’re freak injuries.  And, they’re not concussions.  And, the Oilers get three years of UFA status Taylor Hall on this deal.  What’s not to love?  Be safe during warmups, and don’t fight any of Columbus’ goons anymore.  We cool?

Take the risk/reward into account.  This deal is fantastic, and it locks up Taylor Hall between now and 2020.  Everybody wins.

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