Friedman looks ahead to Hall contract status

Might next year’s trade deadline feature the possibility of Taylor Hall being dealt?

Elliotte Friedman had a Friday afternoon radio hit on Edmonton’s 630 CHED.

As part of a relatively quick-hit Q&A session on candidates for next month’s trade deadline, the Insider was asked about the star winger and where things might stand this time next season in this particular realm.

Hall has one season remaining beyond 2018-19 on his seven-year, $42 million contract, after which he can become an unrestricted free agent.

“I think we’re going to know the answer to that well before a year from now,” indicated Friedman. “I just think that New Jersey won’t allow itself to be in the same position the Islanders were in with John Tavares. I mean geez, the Islanders are two points behind the Maple Leafs, and whoever would have seen that coming. But I just don’t believe that the Devils will allow it to get to that point.

“If they feel that Taylor Hall won’t sign with them, that decision will be made - I bet - much sooner.”

Hall will be eligible to sign an extension as early as July 1.

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