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Hall expects to sign Monday

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:57 PM ET

Taylor Hall expects he’ll sign an entry-level NHL contract with the Edmonton Oilers on Monday.

The new wheels and a decision on what number the Oilers’ first No. 1 overall draft pick will wear will come later.

“I’m actually pretty sure I’ll be signing my contract tomorrow (Monday),” said Hall during a brief availability with Edmonton media during half-time of the Eskimos-Lions game Sunday at Commonwealth Stadium — where he was a guest of the team. “That’s going to be a pretty exciting day for me.”

It’s going to be a pretty academic exercise, since the terms of Hall’s contract will be set by the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.

“I looked through my contract and it was a bunch of mumbo-jumbo — I really didn’t know much about,” said Hall. “I let my agents take care of that. I just go out an play hockey.”

Right after he takes care of business, Hall will take to the ice Tuesday for the prospects camp at Clareview Arena with the likes of Jordan Eberle and Markus Paajarvi-Svensson.

“Whenever you talk about money, it’s something you don’t want to be up all night worrying about,” said Hall. “You want to able to focus on hockey. You let your agents take care of it. With the CBA when you’re a rookie, there’s not much you can do really do. You can just try to max it out. I just want to play hockey and let the other things take care of (themselves).”

Not that his agent, Bobby Orr, has had much work.

“Bobby’s not going to be here,” said Hall. “Bobby wasn’t even able to come to the draft. I haven’t seen him for a while, but he’s been handling a lot of stuff for me. He called me before the draft and told me what to expect. He’s been a really good role model and a really good person for me to talk to through this experience.”

What number Hall will wear is still a matter of debate.

Orr’s old number, No. 4, is already retired after Kevin Lowe wore it.

Doubling up, Sheldon Souray’s No. 44 is available, since Souray cleared waivers on Saturday. But there’s one more option, 91, his birth year.

“I’ve had talks with Kevin about wearing 4,” said Hall. “I don’t think I’m going to wear 4 just because it’s a respect thing. He’s done a lot for this organization as a player and as a a GM an president. I owe it to him and the fans, too, so he can have his number.

“I haven’t really made a choice on what I’m going to wear, but I’ll make a decision soon. Maybe 91 or 44.”

If Hall gets through training camp, he plans on using his signing bonus to get a new set of wheels to replace his Dodge Nitro.

“Probably a new car,” said Hall. I don’t spend a whole lot of money, I’m not a huge shopper. I’d like to buy some clothes and treat my family if I can.

“I’ll try to get an upgrade (on the car), something that can handle the winters of Edmonton. Hopefully, if I’m here I can get a sponsorship and get a nice vehicle.”

Hall’s dad Steve, a former CFL slotback, started his brief CFL career with the Eskimos.

“My dad didn’t play a whole lot, maybe a couple of games,” said Hall.

“He has very good memories of being here and was kind of sharing them with me. He’s kind of a legend in his own mind.”

He shoots. He scores.

con.griwkowsky@sunmedia.ca


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