The haters will argue that all Taylor Hall managed to do was be the only back-to-back All Star that got traded from one winning division in a meaningless, gimmicky tournament no one cares about to another winning division in the subsequent meaningless, gimmicky tournament no one cares about. To those people I say, history is history so don't be salty that your team's representative wasn't the biggest "difference maker" in the NHL's desperate attempt to get people to care about their sport during their annual, celebratory weekend work stoppage. Facts are facts, and the New Jersey Devils' newest star is the only player in the entire league that's coming off consecutive titles.
Crazy when you really think about it. Seems like just yesterday the kid was getting moved for what has turned out to be the Devils' only hope defensively, and he's already a two time champion. Just when you think a stunning offseason move hasn't fully paid it's dividends, the player it netted you is coming home with a $100K worth of winnings and a proven championship pedigree. Granted, they aren't winnings that are going to result in any banners being raised to the rafters of the Prudential Center, but such is the rebuilding process. Everyone knows that having one of the faces of your franchise reign supreme in a lighthearted 3-on-3 tournament in which the participants are only playing at half speed is one of the main building blocks by which the foundation of successful organizations are built.
And you know what, even if it isn't...it's still pretty nice to see a Devils' player smiling in a championship photo. At least we now know that Taylor Hall is notoriously and victoriously photogenic. Wouldn't want him getting caught with one eye open when he's laying next to the Stanley Cup in three lonnnnnnnnng years.
TFW you have to stop hanging out with some of the most accomplished players in NHL history and catch a flight back to the bottom of the Eastern Conference....