Taylor Hall has seen another season marred by injury issues, but we may see him play again before 2015-16.
Hall told the Edmonton Journal that he’s hoping to play in the upcoming world hockey championships and may even return for the Edmonton Oilers before this season is over.
“Going to the world championship would be good for me because I haven’t played much hockey this year and I haven’t played too much good hockey as well,” Hall said on Monday. “If I get invited (to wear the maple leaf), I’ll accept and hopefully we win a gold.”
The Edmonton Journal pointed out that he’d likely be joined by teammates Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, which would be an added bonus to playing in the summer.
Playing in that tournament makes sense, but it’s hard not to at least make the devil’s advocate argument regarding suiting up for the Oilers again. Considering where Edmonton ranks in the standings, some might wonder why Hall would risk aggravating his “bone injury” … again. Hall himself has admitted that he’s rushed back from injuries before, after all.
Even his comments regarding skating again raise a red flag for worriers in the audience.
“I practiced hard today, maybe too hard,” Hall said. “I’ll probably have to get my conditioning back before I can play.”
Taking a cautious approach would probably be wise, but for a player who’s never played a full season and missed at least 20 games three times at age 23, it’s understandable that Hall is also a little anxious to shake off some rust.
On paper, even on a back-to-back, the Buffalo Sabres seem like a cakewalk for the Washington Capitals.
The Sabres don’t look like they’re just going to roll over for the Capitals on Monday night, however. As you can see, things got heated between Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin and the Sabres early in the game.
Ovechkin ended up getting four minutes of penalty time versus just two for Mike Weber. Buffalo cashed in on the power play chance that ensued.
As of this writing, Buffalo leads the game 2-1. You can watch on NBCSN or via NBC Sports Live Extra.
The latest round of GM meetings kicked off on Monday, and while spicier topics such as 3-on-3 overtime will wait for a day or two, NHL.com reports that goalie interference and embellishment topics were at the forefront.
Specifically, general managers are trying to determine if goal reviews should expand to determine if goalie interference took place (right now that’s up to on-ice officials).
“These things seem anal until you get into Game 6 and 7 in the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs; they’re not anal anymore, they’re important,” NHL exec Colin Campbell said. “It’s relevant that we take care of these things that might sound minor right now, but they’re major elements come the playoffs.”
As far as diving and embellishment goes, the league may provide a list of offenders, as has been done in the past (adding to the current movement to hand out fine for infractions).
Considering the chaos that fell at the Florida Panthers’ feet when Roberto Luongo and Al Montoya were injured during the same game, emergency goalie standards were also discussed, according to NHL.com.
Check out video from the meetings below.