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Hall says agent will meet with Devils GM during upcoming road trip

Forward can become unrestricted free agent July 1, 2020, leads New Jersey with 12 points

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Taylor Hall said a meeting between his agent and New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero will take place at some point during the Devils' trip to Winnipeg and Western Canada this week.

It will mark the first face-to-face meeting between Shero and Darren Ferris, Hall's agent, since training camp in September.

Hall, who turns 28 on Nov. 14, has one season remaining on a seven-year, $42 million contract he signed with the Edmonton Oilers on Aug. 22, 2012. The left wing can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2020.

"I know they're supposed to meet, but I'm not sure when it will exactly happen," Hall said Monday. "I think I'll definitely talk to Darren beforehand and just chat about how things are going. But at this point in time, there's not much that Darren and I haven't really talked about. We both know what the situation is and we're just kind of waiting to see what transpires over the next couple weeks, month or couple months."

The Devils, who won 5-3 at the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, continue their five-game road trip at the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, MSG, NHL.TV) before playing the Calgary Flames on Thursday, the Edmonton Oilers on Friday and the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday. 

New Jersey (3-5-4) is 14th in the Eastern Conference and 3-1-2 in its past six games.

"We're not where we want to be in the standings, but the last few games I think we've played much better," Hall said.

Acquired by New Jersey in a trade from Edmonton for defenseman Adam Larsson on June 29, 2016, Hall can sign a contract of up to eight years with the Devils at any time.

"Ray and I connect regularly," Ferris told in a text message. "I will be at the games out west, and I am sure we will connect at some point during this time." 

Hall, who leads the Devils in assists (10), points (12) and shots on goal (40) this season, 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 helped the Devils qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in six seasons.

"We're going into all really good atmospheres on this road trip, all skilled teams, fast teams," Hall said. "The games will be high-paced and force us to play well to earn wins and, at this point, that's what we need.

"It was a huge win to begin the road trip in Carolina, where we played well and feel like we earned it and no matter how you're feeling about your individual game, getting a win really calms everything down."

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