How Taylor Hall almost didn't become a Devil

The Devils' deal to acquire forward Taylor Hall from the Edmonton Oilers on June 30, 2016, only happened after another trade involving the left-winger reportedly fell through. According to the St. Louis Dispatch, Hall was intended to be a centerpiece...

How Taylor Hall almost didn't become a Devil

The Devils' deal to acquire forward Taylor Hall from the Edmonton Oilers on June 30, 2016, only happened after another trade involving the left-winger reportedly fell through.

According to the St. Louis Dispatch, Hall was intended to be a centerpiece of a trade from the Oilers to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk earlier that month.

The deal would have included a sign-and-trade for Shattenkirk, but he reportedly declined that option, causing the deal to fall through.

Hall: Devils need to step on gas late

Later in the month, Hall was traded to the Devils for defenseman Adam Larsson, who was already signed through the 2020-21 season.

Shattenkirk remains at the center of trade rumors as the 2017 deadline approaches. According to the same report, Shattenkirk recently declined another trade where he would have signed a seven-year, $42 million extension with a team. The report speculated that team was the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Hall leads the Devils with 40 points in 2016-17, despite missing eight games with a torn meniscus and two more with another lower body injury.

Chris Ryan may be reached at cryan@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisRyan_NJ. Find NJ.com Devils on Facebook.

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