Speculated by many as possibly happening by the end of the week (including myself), Nashville has re-upped Hal Gill for 2 more years and at a total of $4 million dollars. The mammoth defenseman was traded for near the end of the last season and tightened the final defensive pairing for the Predators.
With the possibilities looming closer that Suter may hit the dusty trail, the re-signing of Gill definitely eases the sting a bit in the days to come. Now, finding who will be paired with him and who the final defenseman on the roster will be (whether Suter or someone else) is the next step.
Press Release from the Predators is below:
“Nashville, Tenn. (June 29, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Hal Gill to a two-year, $4 million contract.
Gill, 37 (4/6/75), was acquired by the Predators from Montreal on Feb. 17, 2012, and suited up for 23 regular-season games (0g-5a) and five playoff games (0g-0a) for the club. One of the League’s biggest players at 6-7, 240 pounds, Gill has played 1,070 regular-season games (36g-148a-184pts, 948 PIMs) and 110 playoff contests (0g-6a-6pts, 68 PIMs) since 1997-98 – more than any player currently on the Predators roster. He appeared in back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals in 2008 and 2009 with Pittsburgh, winning the Cup in 2009, and his 74 postseason games the past five seasons are the third most in the League.
The Concord, Mass., native was drafted 207th overall (eighth round) by Boston in the 1993 Entry Draft, and played eight seasons with the Bruins (1997-2006) before a pair of two-season stints in Toronto and (2006-08) Pittsburgh (2007-09). Gill played 196 games with the Canadiens from 2009-12 before being acquired by Nashville.”