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Hal Gill On His PTO With The Flyers

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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Two Veteran Dmen Have To Prove They Can Still Play

from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

At least Hal Gill is being realistic about what he is facing in trying to earn a contract with the Flyers on a tryout basis.
 
Training camp opens Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center.
 
“I think I can go in and do the best I can,” Gill told CSNPhilly.com. “I know throughout the year there is going to be changes. I am certainly not looking at it as a guaranteed spot.”

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from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues announced Saturday that they have invited free-agent defenseman Ryan Whitney to training camp on a professional tryout (PTO).

Whitney, 30, has spent the past three seasons with the Edmonton Oilers. In 34 games last season, he had four goals, 13 points and plus-minus rating of minus-7.

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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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All Hal Gill And Paul Gaustad On The NHL Proposal

from Josh Cooper of Predators Insider at the Tennessean,

Below are some thoughts on the NHL’s latest collective bargaining proposal by Predators defenseman Hal Gill and forward Paul Gaustad. Both have been two of the more informed, and opinionated, Nashville players on the matter throughout the process.

Is this the framework of a deal?

(Gill): “I think it is a framework. Obviously we’re not happy with the percentage, but there are some other things that are good about it. And like I said, I don’t have the lawyer speak and fine print the lawyers have to look over and explain to us, but it looks like something that is workable and something that maybe we’re a little closer to being on the same page.”

What is your take on the proposal?

(Gaustad): “I think it’s a positive thing. The proposal is a good thing and that talks are continuing. What Don (Fehr) said the other day is correct that you have to take time to digest it and look over it and see what the best thing is for the players in the league. It’s always good that talks are continuing and a proposal is out there. I think today they’re dissecting it and guys are talking. Overall, I think guys view it as positive that there is a proposal.”

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Gill Signs, What About Suter?

In late May, Dave Stubbs of Hockey Inside/Out posted a Q & A with Hal Gill.  One of the questions…

Are you expecting to talk contract with the Predators before the July 1 UFA period kicks in?

I think we’ll talk more coming up, I’d like to hear what (Poile) has to say. Right now they’re thinking about (UFA defenceman Ryan) Suter. If they don’t get Suter, it’s going to be a different ball game. If they lock him up, I think everything falls into place. I think that’s kinda what they’re looking at.

You would think the Predators would wait to sign Gill if they thought they still had a chance to sign Suter. But today’s signing of Gill may be the handwriting on the wall.

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Gill Re-Signs With Nashville

via Ryan Rishaug tweet,

Hal Gill 2 years 4 million with Preds. Done deal

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All Hal Gill

from Dave Stubbs of Hockey Inside/Out,

The prevailing sentiment is that the Canadiens have turned an important corner in their rebuilding with the hiring of Marc Bergevin as general manager to replace Pierre Gauthier. The Gauthier era was confounding, to say the least. What was your take on it?

(Almost 15 minutes of Gill’s reply was off the record. What follows was on the record.)

I think the way Pierre ran the team is what they’d teach you in business school about managing people. I think he went by the book, that that was kinda the funny thing (given the nature of a hockey team). … I’d ask Pierre every day why we had to do things a certain way, kinda have fun with it. But he didn’t mix very well with the team so communication was different. He’s a different person.

In Nashville, I’d go to (GM) David Poile, who’s the nicest man, so up front, and he’d say, “We’re all in this together, what should we do? Do you have any ideas? Do you think we handled this situation right?” It was a different world. I think Bergevin is going to be great. I don’t know his track record after his playing days, but as a player he was a first-rate beauty, a clown. … I think it’s going the right way in Montreal. I hope it is.

Are you expecting to talk contract with the Predators before the July 1 UFA period kicks in?

I think we’ll talk more coming up, I’d like to hear what (Poile) has to say. Right now they’re thinking about (UFA defenceman Ryan) Suter. If they don’t get Suter, it’s going to be a different ball game. If they lock him up, I think everything falls into place. I think that’s kinda what they’re looking at.

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What Does Hal Gill Bring To Nashville?

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

His mentorship last season of rookie defenceman P.K. Subban was incalculable. On the rink, when paired with Subban, Gill was the fallback, dependable steed when his partner, a frisky colt, strayed or got into trouble; off the ice, Gill helped teach Subban how to be a professional.

Now Gill takes those qualities to Nashville to nurture young players there, being counted upon to guide them toward the Western Conference playoffs.

That’s exactly what he was told Friday in Detroit by Predators GM David Poile and head coach Barry Trotz.

“They told me what they expected of me and it’s pretty much in my wheelhouse, so to speak,” Gill said. “Kill penalties, try to be a shutdown defenceman and be a leader in a young locker room. That sounds like something I’m comfortable doing and I hope I can help out.”

Surely he’ll lift the Nashville penalty-kill higher than its current No. 16 ranking?

“I hope so,” Gill said, laughing again. “That’s the plan. I always say, it doesn’t matter what your (kill) percentage is, if you give up four goals but you’re up 6-5 and you kill the penalty in the last minute, then the PK won the game. You look at it case by case. Hopefully, we’ll have some big games coming down the stretch and into the playoffs. Hopefully, our PK can help win games.”

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Hal Gill Traded To Nashville

via Pierre LeBrun tweet,

Canadiens acquire B. Geoffrion, R. Slaney, and 2nd round pick in 2012 from NSH for H. Gill and a con 5th round pick in ‘13

added 2:23pm,

Nashville, Tenn. (February 17, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has acquired veteran defenseman Hal Gill and a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2013 Entry Draft from Montreal in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft and forwards Blake Geoffrion and Robert Slaney. He is expected to meet the team today in Detroit.
       
“Hal Gill brings our team a number of elements – size, penalty-killing ability, depth on defense and playoff experience,” Poile said. “He has won a Stanley Cup and played a combined 69 playoff games over the last four years, experience that significantly benefits our team.”

 

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Hal Gill Hospitalized With Virus

via Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Defenceman Hal Gill has been admitted to hospitalin Montreal for treatment of an undislosed virus.

The Canadiens said Gill, who has missed the last three games, will not be available Saturday night when the Canadiens play the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre.

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Montreal Makes Gill Signing Official

MONTREAL (June 1, 2011) – Montreal Canadiens General Manager Pierre Gauthier announced today the signing of defenceman Hal Gill for the 2011-12 season. As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“Hall Gill has played a key role since he joined our team two years ago. He brings leadership and determination on and off the ice, two very important components to the success of our group. He is an experienced veteran and his contribution to the development of our young players is extremely valuable,” said Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier.

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Captain Gionta

Brian Gionta is the 28th captain of your Montreal Canadiens, becoming the second American captain in the team’s 101 year history. Chris Chelios, who co-captained the team in 1989, was the first. 

Hal Gill and Andrei Markov will remain assistant captains.

That so many names were bandied about by the media is a sign of the leadership and experience in the locker room. But any way you look at it, Gionta is a great choice.

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What Would Happen If The Glass Wasn’t There?

Hal Gill being heckled by a Flyers fan during the pre-game tonight.

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Hal Gill In Montreal

Exclusive video of Hal Gill’s first visit to Montreal as a Canadien and a nice gesture by Gill at the end of the video.

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Hal Gill A Canadien

per Sportsnet Tracker Hall Gill has signed with the Canadiens.  No terms yet.

added 4:47pm, TSN reporting 2yr, $4.5M.

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