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Devils deal for Oilers top scorer Taylor Hall

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:31:42 +0000

4E Sports Staff

Newark, NJ, United States (NewsBahn) - The New Jersey Devils added much needed scoring punch, dealing for Edmonton's young star winger Taylor Hall.

In exchange, the Oilers received defenseman Adam Larsson and now have some cap room to potentially sign another player.

"It's tough," Hall said in a conference call. "I have a pretty deep connection to the city of Edmonton. I felt I did everything I could there, so it's pretty hard not to feel slighted, not to feel a little disappointed with the way everything shook out. That's hockey."

"I don't want to sound like I am not excited to join New Jersey,'' Hall said. "That's not the case. I'm a proud person, and I take this as an indictment of me as a hockey player. I don't think there is any other way to treat it. I think it's safe to say I am a very motivated player right now.''

Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli said his team needed to shore up its defense.

"He moves the puck, he defends well, he can log a lot of minutes -- he can play 25, 27, 28 minutes," Chiarelli said in a conference call. "He can match up against all of the other top forwards, he has more skill to show also.

"It's unfortunate in these deals, this is what you have to do, but I felt it was a player that I've watched very closely this year, and I can see his game trending up and it was time to act on it."

The all-star Hall collected 132 goals and 196 assists in 381 games.with the Oilers.

The durable Larsson had three goals and 15 assists, playing in all 82 games last season.

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