Friday, February 17, 2012

Predators complete Gill coup

The Nashville Predators have strengthened their squad with the acquisition of the veteran defenseman Hal Gill from the Montreal Canadians.
The 36-year-old has a wealth of experience having spent the last 14 seasons in the NHL; many watching NHL online over the years will relate to Gill as being almost omnipresent in the Montreal team.
He has scored 36 goals and had 143 assists in 1,047 regular-season games with the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Canadians, as well as making 105 appearances in the playoffs.
Gill featured in back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals with the Penguins in 2008 and 2009 and was part of the Pens' top shut-down pairing in 2009 when Pittsburgh won the competition.
The Predators’ President of Hockey Operations/General Manager, David Poile, said of the high-profile signing: “Hal Gill brings our team a number of elements - size, penalty-killing ability, depth on defense and playoff experience.
“He has won a Stanley Cup and played a combined 69 playoff games over the last four years, experience that significantly benefits our team.”
Gill was drafted 207th overall (eighth round) by Boston in the 1993 Entry Draft, and played for eight seasons with the Bruins (1997-2006) before going on to star for Toronto (2006-08), Pittsburgh (2007-09) and Montreal.
The Predators are enjoying a successful season and have won 33 of their 57 games so far, the sixth best record in the NHL. They are a team on the up having signed goaltender Pekka Rinne to a seven-year $49million deal in November. It is the largest contract awarded by the Predators in their history and made Rinne the highest-paid goaltender in the league.
Last season they reached the playoffs, only to be beaten 4-2 by the Vancouver Canucks in the second round after earlier knocking out the Anaheim Ducks; these stats make them a good pick for those wanting to bet on hockey.

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