The Edmonton Oilers stunned the hockey world in late June, when they traded star winger and 2010 first-overall pick Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Adam Larsson. Now, for the first time, Hall has opened up about his time in Edmonton, as well as the trade, in a variety of interviews with Sportsnet.
“The trade put a wrench in things, for sure,” Hall said. “In a breakup, you try to forge about it as quick as you can, right? That’s what I’m trying to do. It’s not easy. Once the regular season starts and you start seeing Edmonton piling up the wins, or whatever they might do, it’s going to be a bit weird. The main thing is to focus on my team, control what I can control.”
He added that the trade surprised him, and though his name was brought up in a few trade rumors, he was not expecting to get shipped out, especially after the 24-year-old led his team in goals, points and average TOI this past year.
“I’m still a little disappointed with how it all went down in Edmonton,” Hall said. “Sometimes I feel like I got the short end of the stick, but you know, hockey’s a business and as soon as I got over that part, I think it’s just about looking forward to what I have in Jersey. Once game 40 and 50 rolls around, playing in Edmonton will be an afterthought.”
A lot of the time, however, Hall would indeed face the wrath as the team continued to lose, and with that, he claims he is responsible in part for Edmonton’s woes.
“I’m responsible as well,” Hall said. “I played a lot of minutes, and I definitely think I had some good stretches and I definitely played some good hockey, but at the end of the day, our team didn’t get the job done, and that falls on guys like myself. I definitely take some responsibility, but I know how good of a hockey player I am, and I know what I can bring to a team.”
For every player, even the Hall’s who don’t get traded, there comes a time where constant failure becomes too much. Hall claims he could not even bring himself to watch the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, due to the fact that he would grow furious.
In the end, he wishes his teammates the best, and called them “great kids.” He also believes that Edmonton is not done with moves, and unless your name is Connor, there’s a high chance you could be dealt. His full interview with Tim and Sid can be found here.