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.
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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.
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