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Taylor Hall is unhappy after Oilers’ latest letdown

Apr 14, 2013, 11:35 AM EDT

Taylor Hall AP

Remember when Edmonton was in eighth place in the West? Feels like it was a while ago now, but after the Oilers dropped a 4-1 decision to lowly rival Calgary last night reality is hitting Edmonton.

Star forward Taylor Hall sounded off on his team’s lack of killer instinct while chasing the postseason after last night’s game as Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal shares.

“Not a lot of won battles, won races … just not the hockey we want to play. We have to be proud of what we’re doing here — that team (Calgary) is doing it,” said Hall. “We’re the Oilers, we get paid a lot of money to do this. We have to come and put our hard-hats on, work and compete and see what happens. We can do as many systems as we want and we can practice, but it comes down to battles.”

Not sure if hard-hats would’ve helped the Oilers but goals and better defense and goaltending from Nikolai Khabibulin would’ve done a world of good against the Flames.

We know they’re a young team and the ups and downs will happen, but losing five in a row after reaching eighth place for a day makes for a disheartening tease. Getting outscored 17-4 over those five games means they’re not doing much of anything right in the end.

  1. ray2013 - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:06 PM


    Hall is just the latest in questioning the heart of the players on this team. People saw the Oilers were in eighth place for a day, and had visions of the playoffs. Then they’ve gone on this losing streak. They should be playing with passion, doing everything they can to win games to give them a chance of playoff hockey. But then you have games like this one; where once they get down, they seem to roll over.

    But some credit does need to go to the Flames. I’ve heard it from a lot of people who watched the game last night. Those young players from the Flames played with the fire and passion that the Oilers should be playing with, but aren’t.

    • ray2013 - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      For once, you’re starting to hear the cheerleaders in the Edmonton media actually calling for accountability on the part of Oilers management, and that maybe it’s time to replace Lowe and Tambellini.

  2. kingsforever - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    This team will never win another cup

  3. denverwally - Apr 14, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Hey Oilers, clearly you should have drafter Seguin instead of Hall. Faster, smarter, better shooter and finisher.

    • tuberippin - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      Yeah, it’s not like Taylor Hall was the consensus choice for the #1 pick in 2010.


      • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 14, 2013 at 6:59 PM

        He sure has proved himself……oh, wait….

    • sunderlanding - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:42 AM

      Don’t really agree with you. It helps when you play on one of the best teams in the league. Switch teams and I’m sure everyone would be saying Hall is the better player. Seguin got to ease his way into the league on a Stanley Cup winning team, and Hall had to step in to a loosing team and try to turn them around. Way different circumstances.

  4. 19to77 - Apr 14, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Because Taylor Hall knows all about “won battles.” He got one-punched by Dorsett in his rookie year and he’s been talking smack from safely behind the refs ever since. Get back to me when you “win battles” without a two-handed slash from behind, you punk.

  5. txhockeydad - Apr 14, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Hall is no leader. Gifted, but a little bi#ch. chirping from behind the refs will buy you no respect, not even from your own team. One must be a respected leader to call out one’s own teammates. Once he grows up, he could mature into one of the greats, but just shut up and play…..clean.

  6. modellforprez - Apr 14, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Maybe he can pick his uncle Matt Cooke’s brain for some advice….

    • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 14, 2013 at 6:57 PM

      Judging by his dirty cheap shots, I’d say he already has. Hall needs to shut his worthless trap and learn how to play this game like a man.

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