On Wednesday, the Edmonton Oilers organization announced the signing of 2010 first overall pick Taylor Hall to a seven-year , $42 million contract extension.
You have to have complete belief in the player, and our organization obviously does," Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini said. "He just brings such a complete level to our organization. He grabs the rope and pulls everybody along."
"When they said seven years I didn't blink," the 20-year-old Hall said. "I'm comfortable being here for that long. I think by that time ... I hope we're a perennial threat. That's my main goal and my mindset when I signed the deal."
When Hall's rookie contract expires at the end of next season and the new deal kicks in - he will be the most expensive player on the roster - all I have to say is, finally, someone passes Shawn Horcoff, who signed a six-year, $33-million deal in 2008, will make $6 million next season but averages a lower cap hit at $5.5 million.
Horcoff's deal has not panned out. I see Taylor Hall being a lot more productive during his term. Eventually, taking the captaincy and maybe bringing a couple Stanley Cup's to Edmonton. Especially, if Hall can now convince the rest of the great young core to stay together.
Taylor Hall has played his NHL career at top-speed, from the get go. Causing him to sustain some weird injuries. However, he maintains he is stronger than ever, and the best is yet to come.
I believe he can be a perennial 40+ goal-scorer. Taylor Hall is happy with the new deal and should be a "must start" in any fantasy hockey format for years to come... $6 million could be a bargain for this player!