The Carolina Hurricanes have claimed forward Adam Hall on waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning, giving them a banger, a good penalty killer and strong face-off man.
What makes the pickup unusual is that the transaction comes with the Canes in Tampa to play the Lightning tonight. Hall was able to pack up his gear in the home locker room and walk down the hall to the visitors' room, and could be competing against his former teammates tonight.
Hall, 32, has appeared in 20 games for the Lightning this season, registering four assists. Listed at 6-2 and 212 pounds, he ranks first among Lightning skaters in face-off winning percentage (56.4%) and tied for third on the team in penalty minutes (23). He led the Bolts in hits (152) and face-off percentage (55 percent) last year.
Originally selected by the Nashville Predators in the second round, 52nd overall, of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Hall (62, 212 lbs.) has totaled 65 goals, 82 assists (147 points) and 259 penalty minutes in 585 career NHL games with Nashville, the New York Rangers, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay.
Hall has appeared in 49 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Predators, Wild, Penguins and Lightning, totaling seven goals, six assists (13 points) and 25 penalty minutes.