Thread: Confirmed with Link: Hal Gill re-signed 2 yrs @ 2mil
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06-28-2012, 05:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Cashville View Post
I think it primarily comes down to discipline. Given the very real possibility that we might be icing Ellis, Blum, and Josi (not as worried about Roman) on the blueline next year, having a stay at home veteran D presence who doesn't take a lot of penalties and can eat minutes on the PK is huge.

SoB can't eat minutes on the PK because he's the reason you're on the PK in the first place. Bit of an exaggeration, but I'd rather pay $2M for Gill than $2M for SoB.
Add in the intangibles of Gill's game: being a steady locker room guy, a great mentor-type for the youngsters, and he has Cup experience. O'Brien may physically be comparable to Gill in the on-ice role they are slotted for, but he's not comparable in the other aspects of the game that make Gill so valuable.

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