I feel like I’ve covered Toronto more since I left’: Red Wings’ Justin Hall reflects on time with Maple Leafs.

‘I feel like I’ve covered Toronto more since I left’: Red Wings’ Justin Hall reflects on time with Maple Leafs.

Hall appeared in 285 games for Toronto, scoring 11 goals and adding 71 assists.

Justin Hall may miss Toronto, but he’s happy to sign with the Detroit Red Wings this summer.
The 31-year-old defenseman signed a three-year, $10.2 million contract on July 1 after eight seasons in the Maple Leafs organization.

Hall joined Ray Ferraro and Darren Dregs on “The Ray and Dregs Podcast” Friday to discuss his move to the Motor City, entering free agency and his time in Toronto.
“I had a great time in Toronto,” said the 31-year-old.
“I have nothing but great memories.
I am grateful for the relationships I have been able to build and the success of my team.
“I have no complaints about the move, but I’m very grateful for my time in Toronto.
I think the next step in my development is how my contract situation goes and things like that.
I’m in a place where I feel I’m appreciated .
I’m grateful to be there and ready to move forward.”

One of the most difficult aspects of the game for the Maple Leafs is media exposure. For some, coverage is more manageable. For others, not so much.
“I don’t know if we as players have time to worry about that.
We have too short an attention span.
“I’m just trying to make sure my knee is good for Monday’s game or something like that,” he said.

When Hall discussed it with Ferraro and Dreger, he said he gained a lot of respect for covering the Maple Leafs after leaving Toronto.
“It’s funny, but now that I’m out of Toronto, I think I have a better understanding of the amount of coverage there.
“It’s funny because I feel like I’ve seen more coverage in Toronto since I left Toronto,” he said.

In his first two NHL games, Hall scored two goals and was a plus-5. It was a good start for the then NHL rookie.
But how did you feel at that moment?

“I honestly thought there was a chance he wouldn’t score in an NHL game,” Hall said, mocking Ferraro and Dreger.
“Of course it was harder than that…
It didn’t work out in the end, but it was funny.
“I was called up to the American League All-Star Game a few days ago.
Even in the All-Star Game, our team won the All-Star Game, just like I won the All-Star Game.
It happened.
It’s one of those weeks where everything comes to you.”

 

If you know Hall’s history, you know that his career actually began with the ECHL’s Indy Fuel.
He told Ferraro and Dreger that he didn’t know all along if he would play hockey next year.
“That’s when you think, ‘Where is this really going?’ You think, “Maybe this is my last year of hockey, maybe I want to start.” You do other things to pursue other careers.
You have a family.
Whatever it is helps you take better care of yourself.

 

However, after that season, the Toronto Marlies signed him to an AHL contract.
This is where Hall found his feet and began becoming an overnight NHL defenseman.
“You just focus on one thing: I want to be the best player I can be every night and see where that comes from,” he said.
“Kyle Dubas saw me play against the Sun Bears in January and that was one of the reasons he wanted to sign me to the Marlies.
“I think it shows that you never know who’s watching.”

 

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