Word this afternoon from tsn informing us about Taylor Hall’s injury. Not the concussion, the shoulder. Hall will undergo shoulder surgery and be out 6 months, with the team “hopeful” he’ll be ready for next season.
I think it’s probably time we started talking about building this team around RNH, with Hall as a possible trade asset. Some guys get injured a lot, and Hall plays the game with the kind of abandon we saw with Wendel Clark and other NHLers whose careers were shortened because of injuries.
- April 2011: Hall misses the rest of the season (17 games) with an ankle injury.
- December 2011: Missed 7 games with a shoulder injury.
- January 2012: Missed 2 games with a head injury.
- March 2012: Concussed.
- March 2012: Shoulder surgery.
The next step is to ask “how many times has his shoulder been hurt?” and then “did the Oilers know about it when they drafted him?” and one hopes to God Almighty the answers are “just this season” and “no, not at all.”
Love the player, but spending big money–and let’s face it we’re going to see a big contract headed his way–is perhaps a questionable idea. It’s not a time to panic, but a rational conversation would appear to be the correct call.