On Wednesday the Edmonton Oilers made a strong commitment to Taylor Hall long term. It will just hurt them in the pocketbook.
Hall, signed a seven year deal worth $42 million. Last season, Hall set career highs with 27 goals and 26 assists in 61 games, his second season in the National Hockey League since the Oilers drafted him first overall in 2010.
The one area of concern however was the 61 games Hall played this year and the 65 games he played in 2010-11. He has already missed substantial time in his career due to an ankle injury, shoulder injury and concussion.
The Oilers are also reportedly in the process of trying to lockup Jordan Eberle long term as well. There are still reports that Hall is still six weeks away from being healthy after having shoulder surgery. If the NHL does not start on time, Hall should begin the season as an Oiler very close to one hundred percent.