Oilers could be a fit as trade market for Devils’ Taylor Hall heats up

Elliotte Friedman and Chris Johnston look at the biggest news from around the NHL, including trade talks surrounding Taylor Hall and the empty coaching job for the Toronto Marlies.

As the New Jersey Devils’ season continues to unravel, Taylor Hall’s future is becoming a more prominent storyline in The Garden State.

On Nov. 8, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that it was “unlikely” that Hall would sign an extension during the season. Now it appears that trading the former Hart Trophy winner may be in the cards.

“The trade market for Taylor Hall is getting a little bit hotter,” said Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston during the Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday. “It’s believed that teams have started picking up the phone and calling [Devils GM] Ray Shero a little bit more.”

One of the potential fits for a trade could be Hall’s former team.

“I do think that the Oilers are one of several teams with the likes of Montreal, Colorado and St. Louis who will be in this,” Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman added. “But like Chris said, I think a lot of it depends on price for the Oilers and anyone else who may bite.”

Hall, 28, was traded to the Devils in exchange for defenceman Adam Larsson in June 2016 after spending the first six years of his NHL career with the Edmonton Oilers.

The Devils fell to 9-12-4 on the season after a 4-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday. Despite the team’s struggles this year, Hall has still recorded four goals and 17 assists in 25 appearances.

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