Taylor Hall trade announced, gloom and thunder follows
Are the skies displeased with the Oilers decision?
Just as the sky turned dark and with gathering thunder Wednesday afternoon, word broke that the Oilers were losing Taylor Hall.
Hall will join the New Jersey Devils; in his place, the Oilers will get defenceman Adam Larsson.
It didn't take fans long to notice the confluence of events.
Even nature is pissed about <a href="https://twitter.com/hallsy04">@hallsy04</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/yeg?src=hash">#yeg</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/joshclassenCTV">@joshclassenCTV</a> <a href="https://t.co/KHtnHdKCx1">pic.twitter.com/KHtnHdKCx1</a>—@TopShelfBeauty
Winter is coming?
Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson. <a href="https://t.co/XrZ6rR8Ukp">pic.twitter.com/XrZ6rR8Ukp</a>—@ktalbotmurph
Is this the apocalypse?
I read that Taylor Hall got traded to the Devils & then looked out to see intense rain/hail & lightning everywhere. Apocalypse or Genesis?—@lumirules
Who's the most upset?
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Oilers?src=hash">#Oilers</a> trade Taylor Hall & it immediately starts to thunder. Coincidence? I think not. Mother Nature is voicing her displeasure, too. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/yeg?src=hash">#yeg</a>—@RadioAndrea
Can't tell if I'm hearing thunder or Oilers fans reacting to Taylor Hall trade. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/yegwx?src=hash">#yegwx</a>—@Marty_Chan
Meanwhile, Edmonton's other major sports franchise played dumb
Hey guys, we're just hanging out on our bye week. Did we miss anything sports related?—@EdmontonEsks
The man himself
Hall waited until well after the rain to chip in his own two cents on the trade.
Thank you to the city of Edmonton, the fans, and most of all, my teammates throughout my time with the Oilers. I will always cherish my(1/2)—@hallsy04
time there and the memories that came with it. In saying that, my thoughts turn into excitement when I think about the chance in NJ! (2/2)—@hallsy04
Who got the better deal?
While many in Edmonton shake their fists at the sky (and Peter Chiarelli), hockey fans in New Jersey are already celebrating — raising questions about who the trade benefits the most.
Welcome to New Jersey Taylor Hall!!!! <a href="https://t.co/xfuzJIbPNX">pic.twitter.com/xfuzJIbPNX</a>—@SPORTalkDevils
Taylor Hall!!!!!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/gottasupporttheteam?src=hash">#gottasupporttheteam</a> <a href="https://t.co/vgxJ3k89hw">pic.twitter.com/vgxJ3k89hw</a>—@RobMaiello
CBC Edmonton decided to put the question to its followers on Twitter.
Who do you think won the Taylor Hall trade? Read here: <a href="https://t.co/5XGkk04gKn">https://t.co/5XGkk04gKn</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NHL?src=hash">#NHL</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Trade?src=hash">#Trade</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TaylorHall?src=hash">#TaylorHall</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hallsy04">@hallsy04</a>—@CBCEdmonton
Hall, 24, is considered among the top young forwards in the NHL. The 2010 first-overall draft pick recorded 26 goals and 39 assists in 82 games last season.
His most productive season came in 2013-14, when he posted a career-high 80 points and matched a career best with 27 goals.