Saturday, September 7, 2013

Gill to attend Flyers camp on tryout contract

While the Flyers continue to toy with the idea of bringing unrestricted free agent Simon Gagne to training camp on a tryout contract, a report out of Boston says they're already sold on the idea of giving another veteran a try. According to the report, Hal Gill, the 6-foot-7 defenseman who spent most of his career with the Bruins and seemingly had wrapped things up in Nashville last season, will be in Flyers camp under a tryout agreement. Gill, 38, joins what already is a crowded list of blue line hopefuls for a team that's perceived to be weak on defense, even with the offseason acquisition of Mark Streit. As such, Gill wouldn't have much of a chance to stick unless there is a trade and only if he can regain some of the competence that afforded him the opportunity to play more than 1,100 regular season and 110 playoff games in the NHL. Gill has played for five teams, starting with the Bruins in 1997-98. A durable player season in and season out, he logged 32 games and went scoreless in a labor-shortened season with Nashville earlier this year. The Preds chose not to re-sign him. The Flyers may be seeking to add veteran depth to their bench in Gagne and perhaps Gill, but would have to make a move or two to free up cap space to sign them as UFAs.


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