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
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.
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