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Hall, Devils in close contact over contract

Forward's agent met with GM this weekend, but nothing imminent

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com staff writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Taylor Hall said a meeting between his agent and New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero over the weekend went well and that both sides remain in close contact with regard to a possible contract extension.

The 27-year-old left wing has one season remaining on a seven-year, $42 million contract he signed with the Edmonton Oilers on Aug. 22, 2012, and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2020.

"I know they had a meeting and I think it went well and there's some amount of interest on both sides, but there's no numbers discussed or term, dollars or anything like that, so I wouldn't say that there's anything close right now, just because it hasn't been discussed," Hall said. "I'm happy (the dialogue is taking place). I think it's important for both sides and it sounds like there are some things to be worked on with both sides, but I think my agent and Ray have a good relationship, and obviously I have a good relationship with him, so we'll see where it goes."

Hall, who was acquired by New Jersey in a trade from Edmonton for defenseman Adam Larsson on Jun 29, 2016, can sign an extension of up to eight years with the Devils at any time.

Darren Dreger of TSN reported on Monday that Hall and the Devils appear to be making progress toward a contract extension after meeting over the weekend.

Darren Ferris, Hall's agent, said he preferred not to comment on the report.

"Ray and I continue to have meaningful discussions and it would be premature to say anything is imminent and for respect to the process, I cannot comment on our discussions," Ferris told NHL.com via text message. 

Said Hall, "I'm not in the meeting (with Shero and Ferris), so for me to say what was said, all that would be secondhand information. To say that a deal is imminent or that it could be close ... I mean, there weren't even numbers discussed, so that's when you have to just let things take shape and see where they go."

Hall had 37 points (11 goals, 26 assists) last season before missing the final 47 games after having arthroscopic surgery in February to remove fragments from his left knee. In 2017-18, he won the Hart Trophy voted as NHL most valuable player after he had an NHL career-high 93 points (39 goals, 54 assists) in 76 games and helping the Devils qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in six seasons.

"I'm feeling really good and every day is better than the last," Hall said. "As far as on the ice, I don't really have any concerns about anything. It's really just about playing as well as I can and basically plateauing for the first game of the season, so I think I'm on the right track."

New Jersey has two preseason games remaining, against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NESNplus, NHL.TV) and against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Friday.

The Devils host the Winnipeg Jets in their season opener Oct. 4.

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