At some point, the fans in Edmonton will get over Taylor Hall, right? Ditto for Montreal with P.K. Subban? The two stars appear to be over them. Hall said as much a couple of weeks ago when his — and I mean HIS — New Jersey Devils came through Toronto. This is not to say Hall or Subban don't still love their original NHL cities, but they have moved on, in both cases, to bigger and brighter things. Hall's Devils are riding high in the standings, a team with a decent core that got an infusion of young, speedy talent. The Maple Leafs take on the Oilers tonight, a team still kind of looking for its identity and maybe just starting to get its act together. No one thought they'd struggle as they have, but personnel changes can have a strange effect on teams. Sometimes, the moves take time. Last year, for example, it seemed Hall wasn't totally aboard with being a Devil. His body language was bad, an executive with the team told the Star. He didn't play well. Reporters covering the team would always hear from him about how things were done in Edmonton, feeling as if his future was stolen from him. Coach John Hynes visited Hall over the summer for a one-on-one to make sure Hall was fully on board. He came away liking what he heard. "There's definitely a difference with him," Hynes said earlier this month in Toronto. "The trade did affect him, personally and professionally. He had a pretty stern meeting with Ray (Shero, the GM). I came up to Toronto and talked about lots of things.
Heat is on Oilers GM after controversial trades
Toronto Star | Dec 4