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Hal Gill Officially Re-signs

As rumoured yesterday by, uh, the Canadiens’ very own official Twitter account, Hal Gill is staying a Hab. The text of the Canadiens press release follows.

CANADIENS SIGN DEFENSEMAN HAL GILL TO A ONE-YEAR CONTRACT

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.

Gill, 36, registered nine points (2 goals, 7 assists) in 75 games with the Canadiens in 2010-11. He served 43 penalty minutes while averaging 19:49 minutes of ice time per game. Gill ranked second on the team with 151 blocked shots. He added 10 hits and 16 blocked shots, with an average of 23:21 minutes of ice time per game, in seven playoff contests.

The 6’7’’, 244-pound defenceman was an 8th round selection by the Bruins, 207th overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. He joined the Canadiens as a free agent on July 1st, 2009.

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