Hal Gill signs one-year deal with Philadelphia Flyers

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.

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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