Hal Gill signs one-year deal with Philadelphia Flyers

By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer

Hal Gill (middle) will stick with the Flyers after signing a one-year deal. (USATSI)
Hal Gill (middle) will stick with the Flyers after signing a one-year deal. (USATSI)

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The Philadelphia Flyers signed veteran defenseman Hal Gill to a one-year deal, the team announced Tuesday. Gill's contract is worth $700,000 according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

Gill may be a step slower, but the mammoth defenseman brings a lot of experience at an extremely reasonable cost for the cap-crunched Flyers.

An invitee on a PTO to Flyers' camp, Gill showed he still has enough left in the tank for his 17th NHL season, beating out Oliver Lauridsen and NHL veteran Bruno Gervais for a spot. With Gill, the Flyers now have eight defensemen on the active roster.

The Flyers' D corps looks pretty solid as is, but it is already expensive. Having Gill to fill a role where he can drop into the lineup every now and again at such a light cap hit should give Peter Laviolette some flexibility with his lineup.

Considering the Flyers goaltending situation is anything but stable, having a solid D corps is important. In a limited role, Gill makes it a little stronger.

As of last night, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren told Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News that the team cleared the Day 1 salary cap by $25,000 or so. This is a team paralyzed by the cap at this point.

Of course, due to that cap situation, the Flyers may be looking at making a trade of some kind. Having Gill around could make someone expendable for the sake of a little cap freedom.

This isn't a high-impact deal for the Flyers, but it could be, at the very least, a helpful one.

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