Whether Taylor Hall plays again this season remains to be seen, as is for whom the star winger will be skating with his next contract.
Bob McKenzie had a Wednesday evening NBCSN TV hit during the first intermission of the Blackhawks-Leafs game.
The Insider was asked if there was any chance the Devils would see Hall back in action before the end of the season.
“You know what? There’s a possibility,” allowed McKenzie. “Now, not necessarily a probability, and certainly not a guarantee. But his healing is coming along nicely, and even though there’s only three-and-half weeks left in the season and what - 12 games - for the New Jersey Devils, it’s possible. They’re going to make a decision next week in terms of what they’re going to do with Taylor Hall and whether they shut him down or whether he gets in any games.
“The bigger decision is what’s going to happen this summer. Taylor Hall is a year away from unrestricted free agency. He likes New Jersey, and New Jersey likes him. There are going to be contract extension talks when the season is over.
“But this is the Hart Trophy winner from a year ago, and the Devils have taken a big step back this year. It’s going to be fascinating to see what his interest is in staying in New Jersey, and what New Jersey’s interest is in terms of what they’re prepared to give him in term and dollars.
“So that’s something that will be decided in the offseason. But general manager Ray Shero and the agent for Taylor Hall, Darren Ferris, will get together once the season is over and start to see how they want to proceed on that front.”
Hall has another season remaining beyond 2018-19 on his seven-year, $42 million contract, which means he’ll be eligible to sign an extension with the Devils as early as July 1.
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