By now, we know that Taylor Hall's first foray into the NHL fisticuffs world has put him down for the count. Out eight weeks with a high ankle sprain after the Edmonton Oilers rookie instigated a scrap on Thursday night with Columbus winger Derek Dorsett — who has had 41 fights — and fell awkwardly to the ice, getting his leg caught under the Blue Jackets forward. Absolutely not what Hall had in mind when he threw his gloves off because he wanted to stand up for himself. And he did, but now he's standing in a walking cast. "It goes without saying the organization doesn't want Taylor fighting," said team president Kevin Lowe. "But very few players go their careers without the odd dust-up, including Wayne (Gretzky), Mario (Lemieux), Sidney (Crosby). Heck, even Jean Beliveau." Hall's first dance partner was the wrong one. He's not a wallflower, although he survived one hard right-hand from Dorsett before falling.
Hall's season over after 65 games
Edmonton Journal | Mar 5