Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/11/13 at 03:54 PM ET
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Around he goes in full gear, stretching here, working his knees back and forth there, stopping on a dime in another part of the ice.
The solitary nature of the workout is in some ways the perfect metaphor for where Gill and many other NHLers find themselves on the eve of training camp. The big defenseman is here for the Philadelphia Flyers' training camp, which starts on Thursday morning, but he does not have a contract, no safety net, no guarantees of anything other than a few days in Flyer orange.
After 1,102 regular season NHL games and another 110 in the postseason, a couple of trips to the Stanley Cup finals and a Cup ring to show for his efforts, this is where Gill is at, working out the kinks alone on the ice and hoping against hope this isn't the end.
"It's tough. You know there's a lot of guys that are on the outside looking in. I guess the whole thing is I can't really control that," Gill told a small group of reporters after completing his physical. "I feel like the NHL's always changed the rules to try and get me out of the league and maybe they did that, just for me, they lowered the cap just for me. They've been trying for years, they've been trying, everything."
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