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Preds re-sign Gill to two-year deal

The Predators were able to re-sign at least one of their defenseman.

According to a report from TSN’s Ryan Rishaug, free agent defenseman Hal Gill has signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Predators. The deal comes just three days before Gill could have tested the open market. In May, Gill expressed interest in returning to Nashville next season; he further confirmed those feelings with Hockey Inside/Out in Montreal.

Gill was everything the Predators hoped for when they acquired him in Montreal. He was a key cog on the penalty kill, helping the unit rise into the NHL’s top 10 after being ranked in the lower half much of the season. Despite missing the first round with a foot injury, Gill logged important minutes down the stretch and in the second round of the playoffs. In total, he chipped in with five points and a plus-4 rating in 23 games.

It is unknown who all will be on the Predators blue line alongside Gill next season, but you can bet on the 6’7” defenseman being a key piece to that puzzle. Kevin Klein, Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis are also under contract for next season.

The Predators have yet to officially announce the Gill contract, but this in itself is enough confirmation…

 

UPDATE: The Predators have officially announced the contract. Here is the press release…

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.

 
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