Former Montreal Canadien defenseman Hal Gill has received a professional tryout agreement with the Philadelphia Flyers. Basically, this means that Gill will attend the Flyers training camp, but is not guaranteed a contract of any kind for the season.
The veteran of 1102 NHL games, played 196 games in a Canadiens sweater and is hoping to extend his lengthy career in Philadelphia. Gill is a defensive specialist, and at 6’7” and 235 pounds, plays a shutdown, and penalty killing role.
The Canadiens sent him to the Nashville Predators in February of 2012, for Blake Geoffrion, Robert Slaney and a 2nd round pick in 2012, used to select Dalton Thrower.
Gill thrived in a shorthanded role while a member of the Montreal Canadiens, and though he was not overly physical, the huge defender plays his position so well, and uses his body to shut down opponents passing lanes, he has been able to suit up for more than 1100 NHL games.
It will be tough for Hal to crack the top six in Philadelphia, as they return seven defenders who played for them a year ago.
His veteran presence, and Stanley Cup winning experience could be invaluable to an NHL team. Hopefully the well liked former member of the Canadiens finds a home in the NHL, where he deserves to be, this season.