An already loaded Oklahoma City Barons team is closer to getting even more offensive help. Edmonton Oilers star forward Taylor Hall is heading to Oklahoma City to continue rehab on his shoulder and could arrive as soon as Tuesday, his agent Paul Krepelka said.
Hall, who is on the injured reserve and currently getting paid during the NHL's lockout, had been skating with the WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings.
Krepelka said Hall should be cleared to play AHL games in a couple weeks after recovering from surgery to fix a labrum tear in his shoulder. He still needs to sign an AHL contract to officially join the Barons, where he'll eventually play with Oilers teammates Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Justin Schultz in the AHL's most loaded team.
"He's going to go down there and work out with them for a couple weeks until he feels good enough to get the clearance and the go-ahead," Krepelka told ESPN the Magazine.
Since he wasn't assigned to Oklahoma City, Hall will have to sign an AHL deal which Krepelka said won't be an issue. One slight complication is that Hall will have to get insurance on his NHL contract. In August, he signed a seven-year, $42 million contract extension with the Oilers, one that won't be covered by Hall's AHL deal. Hall got the big contract after scoring 27 goals in 61 games last year, his second season in the NHL.
"We'll have to go through the process of making sure he's adequately insured," Krepelka said. "He wants to play, he's a hockey player."