From The Man himself comes news out of Edmonton today:

That takes Taylor Hall until the year 2020, when he’ll become a an unrestricted free agent. I assume by then he’ll be working a hovercar into his next deal.

The cap hit is fairly difficult to judge right now based on a couple factors:

1) If the owners proposed salary rollback were to go through, he’d lose 13 million dollars. So how much is he really going to be paid? We can judge it against the current salary cap, but that’s fairly pointless given that it’s going to change.

2) Will he live up to the hype, or be a bust? Hall has 95 points in 126 career games so far – great numbers for a young kid who has only played two years in the League, but not exactly worth huge, “superstar” money. Will he take the next step and be a “first page” (of the NHL scoring leaders) point-getter?

3) Can he stay healthy? Hall has missed nearly 20 games in each of his first two seasons. If he’s an injury-prone player, you’re shelling out a lot of money for a guy to wear a suit and watch.

If Hall becomes who we think he will, it’s a great contract for him, and the Oilers. If he disappoints on either #2 or #3, the Oil are on the hook for a lot of years and a lot of dollars.

Comments (4)

  1. Hall doesn’t need to produce at ‘first page’ level to be worth his deal, he’s already a bona fide elite player.
    65-70 points out of Taylor Hall is not equivalent to 65-70 points out of Jordan Eberle. Hall makes the entire team better and is a direct contributor to the Oilers outshooting and outchaning their opponents. Eberle rides the bus.

    The injury concern is true however. I’d be leery of this kind of commitment to a guy who has not played a full season in his career yet.

  2. I like this deal, I feel its fair for both sides and both sides win, Hall gets security and a nice pay day while the Oilers get a player who will score a consistant amount of points for them for years to come. Hall is only 20 his best years are ahead of him the Oilers get him in his prime years and at a afforadble price. If they can get Hall some veteran help over the years I really see him being a 80-85 point player.

  3. As an Oilers fan I am very wary of this contract. I have seen brilliance from Hall combined with a penchant for in juries and missing games. I fear he will be similar to Ales Hemsky in that he’s a point per game player…when he’s healthy…

    • They’re definitely paying for potential. Hopefully he gets his injury issues worked out so that the contract is worth it. If they’re paying him this much, how do they plan on keeping Eberle, Yakupov, and Nugent-Hopkins going forward?

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