No, this isn’t April 1.
The Edmonton Oilers, seeking a right-handed defenseman for some time, traded one of the best 5-on-5 players in the NHL on Wednesday afternoon.
Edmonton sent Taylor Hall to New Jersey for defenseman Adam Larsson.
Hall, 24, was the number one overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft. He has scored 132 goals with 196 assists in 381 career regular season games – all with the Oilers. He has a $6M cap hit and is signed through the 2019-20 season.
Larsson, 23, was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft. He has scored nine goals with 60 assists in 274 career regular season games – all with New Jersey. He has a $4,166,666 cap hit and is signed through the 2020-21 season.
That’s it. No picks, no prospects. A rare one-for-one trade.
And Edmonton got destroyed.