The Nashville Predators made a small but important addition to their roster, resigning defenseman Hal Gill to a two year contract. The deal is a reportadly four million over the two year contract, earning Gill two million anually. Although not the most flashy player on the Preds’ defensive corps, Gill brings a solid physical game and plays a crucial part on the Nashville penalty kill.
Hal Gill’s agent, Mark Witkin confirmed the deal in a email to Inside Hockey, stating “He has agreed to a deal.”
Gill compiled five assists in 24 regular season games following a trade from the Montreal Canadiens, including a plus four rating while on the ice. Although hindered by injury in the playoffs, Gill registered a plus two rating in five games played. Gill will enter his 15th career season in the NHL the 2012-2013 campaign, looking to add to his career 36 goals and 148 assists.
Hal Gill becomes the fourth defenseman with a set contract for the 2012-2013 season for the Predators’, who are still looking to resign Ryan Suter and lock up Shea Weber on defense. Ryan Suter is an unrestricted free agent who has made his intentions known he wants to stay in the Western Conference. Shea Weber will be a restricted free agent, meaning he will be retained by Nashville on all accounts unless the Predators’ were to trade him.