The New Jersey Devils are the latest of many NHL teams facing the next few weeks without their star player, as the team announced winger Taylor Hall will miss 3-4 weeks recovering from knee surgery.
According to a press release from the team, Hall underwent arthroscopic surgery for his torn meniscus on Wednesday afternoon. Hall played each of the Devils’ first 14 games but complained to coaches on Tuesday morning that his knee was becoming an issue.
Hall did not play in New Jersey’s 2-1 overtime win in Dallas on Tuesday night, instead meeting with specialists in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Hall’s absence will leave a mark on the Devils. He leads the team with five goals and 12 points in 14 games, making an immediate impact after his notable trade from the Edmonton Oilers over the summer.
That Hall will miss so much time due to meniscus surgery has to make fans of the Tampa Bay Lightning worry a little. Steven Stamkos left Tampa’s game on Tuesday early, and early reports from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet indicate he’s dealing with a meniscus issue as well.
Elsewhere, Calgary Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau will miss a few weeks with a broken finger. Fun times for the NHL’s best and brightest players.