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Hal Gill isn’t ready to retire

Aug 20, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT

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Big defenseman Hal Gill rolled out his vision to Globe & Mail – help Seth Jones adjust to the NHL game – but the Nashville Predators didn’t share his vision. So, instead, he finds himself in a holding pattern like many other free agents.

At 38, there’s the legitimate threat of being forced into retirement, but that’s not something Gill is ready for.

“I want to play,” Gill said. “I’m here and I’m still have the desire, ultimately, to win but to just play and to be a part of it.”

While his size is obvious, the downside is his lack of mobility.

Gill admits it’s a skill game and a fast game, yet he also notes that hockey is a “thinking man’s game” and that he’s becoming more intelligent as time goes on.

On the bright side, teams still have more than a month to decide that they need to add his hockey IQ to the mix.

  1. billgatesbarber - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Maybe Ray Shero will call and tell him they’re getting the band back together.

  2. hockeyflow33 - Aug 21, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    There will be a handful of openings once guys start getting injured in camp

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  4. steelers88 - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    PLEASE comeback to the Penguins!!!!

  5. greenmtnboy31 - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Hal – if you truly believe it’s a “thinking man’s game” then think about your lack of skill, lack of speed and unwillingness to use your size and ALWAYS bow out of scrums. Your too weak and too slow for the NHL.

    • hockeyflow33 - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      He must be the luckiest hockey player ever because he’s managed to play over 1,100 NHL games with, according to you, barely enough talent to lace them up for beer league

      • greenmtnboy31 - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:39 AM

        He certainly is one of the luckiest hockey players ever. Naturally, you take it to the extreme when you cite a “beer league”, but if you have watched this pylon, then even you should be able to recognize his liability. He was never blessed with an abundance of skill speed or toughness; he has size and that’s about it at this point in his career. Take a big guy with marginal skills and at this age, he probably is best suited for a beer league, but they would just shove him around there too. For a guy of his size, he is a wimp.

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