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Flyers sign Gill: one year, $700,000

Oct 1, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers have officially come to terms with veteran defenseman Hal Gill, inking him to a one-year, $700,000 deal, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

Gill, 38, played 32 games last season for the Predators and came to Flyers camp on a tryout. A defensive specialist, his addition will help a team that struggled in its own end last season.

“As a team we need to make sure everyone is on the same page, that there is a commitment to defense,” Gill said, per CSN Philly. “That is what we worked a lot on [Sunday] and you saw that in practice.

“Making clean plays, being responsible defensively. When you do that, your offense and creating offense comes off that.”

To fit Gill’s salary under the cap, the Flyers are expected to put Chris Pronger and Marc-Andre Bourdon on long-term injured reserve, and may explore the possibility of a trade.

One involving Andrej Meszaros has been kicked around lately, and it’s possible the club could revisit whispers of a Braydon Coburn deal from the summer.

  1. ibieiniid - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    well, nobody can say the Flyers didn’t work on their defense this offseason. I’m done speculating on how that’ll turn out though. It’s NHL opening day; predictions no longer needed.

  2. 950003cups - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Better off lacing up Pronger as is. Gill is a desperate move.

  3. 950003cups - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Yes, I miss watching Pronger dominate the ice.

    • valoisvipers - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      Me too!

  4. goodolejr - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    He’s going to be the 7th dman so it’s not a terrible signing. Plus with the way the defense dropped like flies last year, it’s a decent signing I guess. Hopefully something bigger is in the works. I have a feeling if there’s going to be any trades going down it’ll happen today.

    • hockey412 - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      I thought that too…actually I thought it wouldn’t been this past weekend. But when you look around at what’s happening (decent Dmen like Liles clearing waivers), I’m not sure that there’s going to be much activity. Seems like everyone is trying to manage within their own rosters with the cap where it is. I hope we so see some trades!

      • hockey412 - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        Sorry – I meant “thought it would’ve been”….not “thought it wouldn’t been”

  5. reever62 - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    please let it be coburn that’s traded.I would take a 75 percent healthy Mezzaros over him in a heartbeat.

    • goodolejr - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:56 AM


      And I ask that seriously. Why would you take a 75% healthy Meszaros over Coburn? Coburn, when not asked to play a more offensive style, has been a solid defenseman on this team. This year, being paired with a puck mover and playing his usual defensive style, he’ll be much better than last year. I just can’t understand the hatred for the guy. I mean, I kinda get it…Matt Carle’s been gone so there needs to be a new defensive scapegoat.

      • ju8686 - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:17 PM

        It’s Philly and Coburn doesn’t hit. Carle was the same way …

        The only way you can be seen as a good defenseman in this town is if you’re physical and big … can’t forget big. The mindset here is that Coburn “doesn’t use his size” because he’s not constantly trying to run guys through the boards.

      • matthewmacisaac - Oct 2, 2013 at 9:24 AM

        There are two differences between Coburn and Carle. The first is that Coburn had A bad year with turnovers- Carle has a CAREER of turnovers. the second is that Coburn fights for position and puts up resistance in the defensive end. Carle was a spectator. People sitting in the fifth row put up as much resistance as Carle. Carle’s only upside was occasional offense, but the rest of his play couldn’t outweigh his upside. Gustafsson isn’t a big hitter, but he uses his stick to try to stop opponents, which is fine. At least he’s in position and not standing around watching. Carle sucks so bad, I wish he went to Pittsburgh instead of Tampa Bay.

    • mcphillthy - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      I’ll take mez over coburn any day too! Coburn is a 5-6 dman and Mrs is a top 4. Coburn proved last year that he has hit his peak and cane be relied on for more than what he already is, which isn’t much

      • goodolejr - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        So you’re saying because the Flyers tried to make him an offensive defenseman last year when he NEVER has been, he can’t be relied on for much? What?

        And Mes is a top 4 d-man? MAYBE if he could stay healthy and the team needed him to step into the top 4 role, MAYBE he’d be serviceable there.

        I’m still waiting for reasoning as to why anyone would keep Meszaros over Coburn.

  6. phillyphanatic77 - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    I’d take a 38yr old #7 over Bruno Gervais all day, every day. Good pickup. If they can find someone to take Mez, after his horrid preseason, I’d be ecstatic.

    • goodolejr - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      Unfortunately I don’t think he’s shown enough in preseason for any team to take a chance on him with his injury history AND the cap hit on top of it. Our best bet at this point is for him to have some decent enough games to possibly be moved at the trade deadline. If he’s still healthy and plays even half decent, someone may want him for a playoff push. At that point though, if we’re in contention for a playoff spot, I guess it wouldn’t be terrible to have him on the roster.

    • matthewmacisaac - Oct 2, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      I agree! How is it that they didn’t sever ties with Gervais? If he’s the answer, it was a stupid question. Living in NY, I didn’t get to see the preseason games, but if Mez is healthy and playing up to potential, he’s a keeper. If he’s playing tentative, then get rid of him while he may have some value. As far as Coburn, last year was horrible, but overall he has been solid and could be of good use. Lets Go Flyers.

  7. reever62 - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    I wasn’t complaining about Coburns size, or his hitting. My complaint is that he is a continuous turn over machine.

  8. thesableo - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    In Flyer’s orange, Hal Gill will actually look like the world’s tallest traffic cone.

    (I know he’s a fine guy but that tired old joke will always make me laugh.)

  9. ndrick731 - Oct 1, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    The easiest way to never see the NHL is to be a defenseman drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers. Year after year they draft defensemen and let them languish on the phantoms. Guys like Alt and Manning will never see the light of day as long as the flyers continue to sign old slow defenseman. And people please stop referring to Matt Carle as anything other than a human turnover machine. Morin and Haag were wasted draft choices as the flyers will never let them play in the nhl as long as there is some washed up d-man available.

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