As the summer nears, we’ll be hearing more and more noise surrounding Taylor Hall’s future with the New Jersey Devils.
Bob McKenzie had a Thursday afternoon radio hit on Vancouver’s TSN 1040.
The Insider was basically asked if he had heard anything particularly negative following news of Hall’s recent knee surgery.
“Nope, I think it’ll be fine,” indicated McKenzie. “It’s just a scope on his knee. Technically, I guess, one of those things he might be able to come back before the end of the season, but what’s the point really.
“The bigger issue obviously with Hall is is he heading into Erik Karlsson territory. He’s got one year left on his contract. He’s eligible for an extension. The team that has him, the New Jersey Devils - outside of that brief flurry last year - they don’t look all the world like a playoff team. They don’t look like they’re progressing as quickly as we thought they might be a year ago when Hall was an MVP candidate and an MVP guy.
“So that’s going to be a fascinating off-season story in how all of that unfolds.”
Hall has one season remaining after 2018-19 on his seven-year, $42 million contract, and he’ll be eligible to sign an extension as early as July 1.
Elliotte Friedman recently wondered about the offer sheet potential of the Devils this summer when it comes to the restricted free agent market, and how that could help entice Hall to stay with the Devils.
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