At the very beginning of free agency, the hockey world saw a blockbuster trade happen. The Edmonton Oilers sent 2010 first-overall pick Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils for defenceman Adam Larsson. It was an awful trade by the Oilers, who are a dumpster fire right now, and the entire hockey world knew it. Well, not the ‘entire’ hockey world. Today, Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom spoke to a Finnish magazine about the trade. It was translated by the Edmonton Journal:
“I think the team has improved. We already have so many promising forwards and we did not really have a peak reverse is rightare. I also think Adam gets a real breakthrough this year and hopefully I get the chance to play with him and forming chemistry.
At the same time, I understand the reactions.Taylor has been our best player in recent years, but it’s also hard to tell what he has contributed.He never played his best games against the tougher teams, which we really needed it.However, he was fantastic when we met the little worse law.”
Jesus Klefbom, how’d you really feel about the guy? Just ripping right into Hall. Now this is a weird thing to say because it’s so obvious when you think about it. Like oh really, the guy didn’t score as much when he played the Washington Capitals as opposed to the Toronto Maple Leafs? Well no shit Sherlock. That’s like saying Le’Veon Bell didn’t get as many yards against the Carolina Panthers defense as opposed to last week when he faced the Cleveland Browns. When you play a better team, it get’s harder to score. I’m sure Taylor Hall wasn’t like, “Oh we’re playing the Lightning tonight? Might as well not even try”. No, I bet he was playing hard and just had to deal with Victor Hedman as opposed to Michal Rozsival, so he couldn’t score as much. To say that a top-tier hockey player isn’t playing his heart out every game is just silly. If he was slacking, I’m sure both the Edmonton GM and coach would be on his ass immediately.
Now I’m sure Klefbom is just annoyed about losing so much and wants to make the trade seem better than it is, but going after the guy who had 14 more points than the next top contributor is dumb. Blame the team as a whole, not an individual who feels “slighted” by Edmonton trading him. Hall seemed to like playing with the Oilers a lot, he wasn’t sitting back during anything man.
P.S. This video right here is Taylor Hall giving the Oilers the lead against the Dallas Stars, who had the most points in the Western Conference this season. But ya I guess he doesn’t show up to play against good teams.
*Header from Edmonton Journal