There hasn’t been much in the way of recent discussions about an extension between the Devils and winger Taylor Hall. However, it appears as if that will be changing as Hall told NHL.com’s Mike Morreale that his agent Darren Ferris will be sitting down with New Jersey GM Ray Shero at some point during their Western road trip to talk contract. That will represent their first meeting since the beginning of the season.
The 27-year-old came into the season with a chance at pushing for a similar price tag to Artemi Panarin, who back in July landed a record-setting $11.642MM AAV, the highest ever given to a winger. However, while he has played relatively well so far, he’ll need to pick things up on the goal front as he has just two in a dozen games so far this season. Nonetheless, with a current $6MM cap hit, Hall will be in line for a substantial raise regardless of whether that’s with the Devils or someone else.
More from the Metropolitan Division:
- Flyers center Sean Couturier is playing through a shoulder injury, reports Jordan Hall of NBC Sports Philadelphia. Head coach Alain Vigneault acknowledged that Philadelphia’s team doctors had asked him to have him not take faceoffs in an effort to help the strain heal. It’s believed that Couturier will need to avoid taking draws for the better part of another week. Despite the discomfort, he’s off to another strong start to his season with nine points through 13 games so far.
- Rangers center Filip Chytil has impressed since being recalled from AHL Hartford with a pair of goals in as many games going into Monday’s contest against Ottawa. He mentioned to Greg Joyce of the New York Post that part of the reason for his early success is that he’s playing his natural position after spending most of last year on the wing. However, with Mika Zibanejad nearing a return from his neck issue, that opportunity to play down the middle may not be there for much longer. It appears that he’ll have to adapt to the wing again or head back to the minors; given how he has fared thus far, the former is more likely than the latter.