The Edmonton Oilers have pulled off a blockbuster trade with the New Jersey Devils.
Taylor Hall has been traded to New Jersey for defenceman Adam Larsson.
“The D are so important and those D who can move a puck are so important in this game now,” Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli said to media shortly after the trade. “The game’s changing and I felt it was critical that we move on this. We have an excess amount of forwards, Taylor’s a very good player, he’s part of the fabric of this organization to this stage and it’s difficult.”
Speaking with 630 CHED’s Bob Stauffer just minutes after the trade, Larsson said he wasn’t expecting the trade, but is looking forward to joining the Oilers.
“It was a surprise to me, but at the same time I know how this business works,” he said. “I think the overall feeling for me is I get to join a really young team and I know a couple Swedes there so I’m excited. It’s always shocking to get traded but, seeing the positive side, they’ve got a lot of things going there with the young players.”
Larsson was selected 4th overall by the Devils in the 2011 draft. Larsson, 23, registered 18 points (3G, 15A) in 82 games last season. In 274 career NHL games Larsson has registered 69 points.
The 6’3, 205-pound defenceman fills a need on the Oilers right side. He averaged 22:30 (minutes) per game last season with the Devils.
Chiarelli said they’ve been in discussions with a lot of teams, but this move made the most sense. He told reporters there could be more coming.
“I see us acquiring a young, big, strong defenceman who’s in the league playing strong, moving the puck,” he said. “There’s right D available out there. We had been in discussions on a number of levels, we may still be in discussions on levels going forward, this is a guy we wanted going forward.”
For Hall he’s moving on to a new team for the first time in his career. Hall was drafted by the Oilers in 2010 and says it’s disspoining that he won’t be able to see things through with the Oilers.
” I do feel a bit slighted by the whole thing,” says Hall. “I feel like I have been a good solider for six years and I felt like I prepared the best I could and did as much as I could on the ice. At the end of the day they felt like they wanted to go another direction. Having said that there is an exciting opportunity in front of me and a new team that I’m excited to try and make better.”