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Report: Adam Hall signs with Swiss team HC Ambrì-Piotta

Aug 2, 2014, 8:16 PM EDT

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It looks like grinding forward Adam Hall will ply his trade in Switzerland next season, as he signed a deal with HC Ambrì-Piotta, according to Swiss Hockey

Hall, 33, spend the 2013-14 season (and part of 2012-13) with the Philadelphia Flyers. He averaged a career-low 9:50 minutes per game while scoring nine points in 80 games with Philly. He spent four seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning and four with the Nashville Predators while bouncing around quite a bit lately.

Judging by his stats, it isn’t shocking that the market was pretty tepid for the veteran player. He did proficient in the faceoff circle, however, winning 59.6 percent (314-213) of his draws in 2013-14.

At his age, there’s a solid chance he might be back again in the NHL in a depth role, but it seems likely that he’ll earn the “journeyman” label as his career goes on.

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Aug 3, 2014 at 5:45 AM

    I know losing someone like Adam Hall will never be considered a great loss but I believe the Flyers made a mistake by not retaining him. I can certainly understand wanting to leave the 4C role to someone younger (Laughton, Vandevelde etc) or expensive (Lecavalier), but none of those players bring the attributes that makes Hall so underrated. Giving Scott Laughton 10 minutes a night isn’t ideal for his development. Lecavalier thrived in a top-6 center role (pre back injury) and can’t waste away playing 10 minutes with offensively inept linemates either. I know people think he’s cooked but #40 was the Flyers best forward the first 22 games (9 goals) then his back sapped his legs completely. I think he’ll bounce back with a 50 pt (20-25g) season if he ends up on the 2nd line. But Hall is the PERFECT #4C and would’ve only cost 600k. He’s an ace faceoff man; no one on the team is close. He fights (in the right situations). He always finishes his checks, and is a top-notch PKer. Even as the 13th forward he would’ve been great. I know it’s a big complaint about a journeyman 4th liner but letting he and Max Talbot go really weakens the bottom 6.

    Ask Pittsburgh or LA what bottom-6 forward depth means in the playoffs.

    • petersteelewannabe - Aug 4, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      Not sure if Vinny will bounce back the way we’re hoping but I absolutely agree Hall was obviously under-appreciated by the front office.

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