Taylor Hall ‘all in’ with Devils despite contract uncertainty, coach says


Taylor Hall will be "all in to play" for the New Jersey Devils this season despite uncertainly over his next contract, coach John Hynes said Wednesday.

"Taylor's invested here," Hynes said. "And if it winds up where his contract isn't done, it's not going to affect who he is as a person and what he believes."

The 27-year-old left wing could become an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2020 but can sign an extension of up to eight years with the Devils before then.

"I think with the connections he's made here, the relationships we have, and how both parties have handled it, has been professional," Hynes said. "This is part of what it is, and when it's time to play and practice and be part of the team, I foresee no issues at all."

Acquired in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers for defenseman Adam Larsson on June 29, 2016, Hall has one season remaining on a seven-year contract worth $6 million per season he signed with the Oilers on Aug. 22, 2012.

"It's a big decision for Taylor Hall," Devils general manager Ray Shero said June 20. "He's been fantastic for us. We'd love to have him long term and, at the same time, my relationship with Taylor these past three years has been great. He's a very thoughtful kid, asks questions, and I'm no different in asking him questions on how he's feeling and what's important."

Hall missed the final 47 games last season and had arthroscopic surgery in February to remove fragments from his left knee. He had 37 points (11 goals, 26 assists) in 33 games, one season after he had an NHL career-high 93 points (39 goals, 54 assists) in 76 games and won the Hart Trophy voted as the NHL most valuable player.

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