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Hall questionable for return to Devils this season after knee surgery

Timeline for forward to be determined

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Taylor Hall remains questionable to return to the New Jersey Devils lineup this season after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee earlier this week.

The 27-year-old forward will begin rehabilitation immediately and be evaluated regularly by the Devils medical and training staffs. A timeline for a potential return will be guided by his progress over the next few weeks.

Hall is on injured reserve. He has missed the past 29 games and 31 of 35.

"If he could come back and play at some point but only safely and with no long-term impact, that'll be fantastic, but we have to make sure he's confident and our medical staff is comfortable," Devils general manager Ray Shero said Monday after the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline.

Hall was injured during practice Dec. 13 and missed the next two games before returning Dec. 18 but aggravated the injury against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Dec. 23 and hasn't played since. He won the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP last season when he had an NHL career high 93 points (39 goals, 54 assists) in 76 games. He has 37 points (11 goals, 26 assists) in 33 games this season.

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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, $42 million contract he signed with Edmonton on Aug. 22, 2012. The Devils can re-sign him at any time prior to his becoming an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2020.

"[Shero] is one of the best in the League and treats his players tremendously," Darren Ferris, Hall's agent, said on Sirius/XM Radio on Feb. 7. "I'm a big fan of Ray and the job he's doing. He had a big task going into the organization to put that together again and I think he's done a tremendous job."

Shero and Ferris will likely sit down to begin discussions on a new contract at the end of the season.

"We will definitely talk after the season, and he is a priority," Shero told in December. "Our feelings haven't changed about Taylor. He's an incredible addition to our team and franchise. Like I said before, he has come in, bought in and transformed this franchise. This is a faster, younger and more exciting team in part because of Taylor. We made a trade for a player that became the MVP which is only the second time NHL history that has happened (Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks). I think we have a lot of unfinished business and it's been a great fit for both sides."

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