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Hal Gill Looking For Work

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

Four years ago, Gill skated in 20 minutes a night on the Pittsburgh Penguins team that won the Stanley Cup.

In July, however, the 6-foot-7 defenceman was bought out of the final year of his $2-million a season contract by the Nashville Predators, a move that came as a shock to a veteran that was anxious to rebound from an injury plagued 2013 season.

Now, he is one of a few dozen notable unrestricted free agents that have yet to sign with a new team, a huge group put out of work in part due to the salary cap dropping for the first time and by nearly $6-million.

“I thought it would have been a good fit to play with [Preds super prospect] Seth Jones and help him out so I was surprised,” Gill said on Monday as he took part in the annual BioSteel Pro Hockey camp in Toronto. “But that’s the nature of the business. You’re not always on the same plan as everyone else. It’s something that hopefully in the end will work out for the best.”

The problem for players like Gill is, as mentioned, this is one summer when they have a lot of company on the unemployment line.


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Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

Wow, that’s bad when the Predators, of all teams, just pay you to go away.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 08/20/13 at 09:05 AM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

There’s a construction site on the 405 not far from me…

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 08/20/13 at 10:03 AM ET

Savage Henry's avatar

Gill is a pylon.  As obstruction creeps even farther back into the game, he’ll become more desirable.  By the time the playoffs roll around, somebody will have picked him up.

Posted by Savage Henry on 08/20/13 at 10:03 AM ET

SYF's avatar

There’s a construction site on the 405 not far from me…

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 08/20/13 at 11:03 AM ET

He’d just stand there while everyone goes around him.  Pylon extraordinaire.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 08/20/13 at 11:11 AM ET

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