Look, Taylor Hall has made it very clear that he's let bygones be bygones and moved on to the next - and hopefully soon-to-be-extended - phase of what looks to be an increasingly illustrious career...
Still, I wouldn't be surprised if he's actively avoided pinching himself since October.
At this time last year, he couldn't have dreamt up a better scenario than - fingers crossed - being on pace to make his first ever appearance in the postseason as the driving force behind the long-waited resurgence of the franchise that welcomed him with open arms. Hell, if he could've then it probably would have included the imminent demise of the team looked poised for a decade of dominance after shipping him out of town for laughably less than he was worth.
Taylor Hall will never say it because it would make him look extremely petty, but this sarcastic response to all the undue criticism he received for being a young player in a dysfunctional organization has undoubtedly been burning a hole on the tip of his twitter fingers for months now. The local media that conveniently and shortsightedly turned him into a patsy for a 10 year problem are once again desperately scrounging for a scapegoat, while he sits near the top of the one of the most stacked divisions in hockey looking down at a former employer that's regressing into irrelevance.
Abe Lincoln once said said that the truth is the best vindication against slander. I suppose it's of note that Abe Lincoln didn't have social media, but there's nothing false about the immeasurable impact that Taylor Hall has had on a young Devils' team that's headed in the complete opposite direction of the offensively starved one that deemed him expendable.
Everything is currently coming up Taylor, so if you're enough of a degenerate to bet on a gimmicky All-Star game then you'd be wise to place your money on the division in which he's suddenly ascending. Eat your heart out, Edmonton. If only because a hard head makes a soft ass, so you've probably grown sore after repeatedly having to kick your own.