“It’s out of my hands now, the season’s done, the games have been played out so whatever happens, happens,” said Oilers forward Taylor Hall.
After the Oilers finished the season with a 31-43-8 record, questions about the possible movement of key players — also referred to as “The Core” — are on the rise.
“My message is still the same,” said Hall. “I’d love to be here, it’s home for me now. You see some really good pieces on our team that you want to be with going forward, so it’s still the same.”
A season of overcoming obstacles saw Oilers players succumb to unexpected injuries that prevented the team from forming a constant flow for the team on the ice.
“I think late November we were still right there in the playoffs,” Hall said. “If we would have ran together three or four we would have been right there. Klefbom went down, we had some injuries that were unfortunate. In saying that, every team goes through injuries all season and unfortunately for us it was two of our biggest guys, so maybe not a true judgement of our team.”
Though the Oilers compensated in areas they could afford, recalling players from the minors to fill the positions where necessary, Hall says that the summer still holds much of the unknown.
“You never know what’s going to happen,” said Hall. “I think now that the season’s done it’s kind of out of your hands and you conduct your summer the way you usually would. I’m looking forward to going over to the World’s and experiencing Team Canada and everything that has to offer. I’m excited for that, it’s been a tough year but there’s also some positive.”