Apr 11, 2012, 7:54 PM EDT
Hal Gill played 23 regular season games for the Nashville Predators after being traded from Montreal, but GM David Poile picked him up for the postseason. (Gill is one of the more experienced blueliners when it comes to the playoffs.) Unfortunately for Nashville, he won’t be able to serve his intended purpose just yet, as Joshua Cooper reports that he wasn’t around for the pre-game skate.
During his worst moments, Gill has been referred to as a “pylon.” Those lesser times seem more frequent during the regular season, however, as looser officiating in the playoffs often allows the big defenseman to equalize offensive opponents. He was a helpful part of a nice shutdown pair alongside Rob Scuderi in Pittsburgh during its 2009 Stanley Cup run and then helped the Canadiens beat the Penguins in their quest to the Eastern Conference finals in 2010.
Gill is dealing with a lower-body injury.
- Captain no more: Sharks strip Thornton of ‘C’ 12
- Tank defense: NHL changes up Draft Lottery format 23
- Fanspeak: Clarke voted greatest Flyer in franchise history 25
- Different tune: Moore hasn’t settled with Bertuzzi, says brother 25
- Rangers win Kevin Hayes sweepstakes 19
- It’s Philadelphia Flyers Day at PHT 55
- Kovalev compares Subban to Leetch, says he isn’t worth the money 49
- Under pressure: Rick Nash 9
- Wang sells Isles to ex-Caps owner Ledecky 41
- Report: MLSE CEO Leiweke to step down (Update: Leiweke denies move) 6