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02-17-2012, 04:57 PM
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Real classy guy, and a warrior on the ice. Thanks for all the good work, and best of luck!

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02-17-2012, 05:07 PM
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All the best for Hal, he did so much for us and he will have a lasting legacy in the work he's done with Gorges and Subban. Let's try to avoid penalties from now on, k?

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02-17-2012, 05:26 PM
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Such a great guy in person and from what I hear about him on the ice/in the room. Will be missed but we knew he was on his way out.

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02-17-2012, 05:53 PM
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Was not a fan of Gill for the longest time when he was with other teams, was not a fan of the signing when we got him... but wow, I was wrong on that one. He was a rock for us and I've been turned 180 on appreciating him in his 3 years here. I hope he does win another Cup with the Preds and would echo the sentiment others have expressed in hoping he might come back as a D coach for us one day!

My feelings almost exactly...

I was not a fan of the signing at the time, thought he'd be overpaid bottom pairing guy... but in his first 2 years here he was very solid playing pretty big minutes and obviously anchored the pk.

and his leadership was very visible and seemed to have a very positive effect.

I figured he'd be hard pressed to continue playing effectively in big minutes this year, but while his ice time/role diminished, he remained a very good leader for this team and continued to use that great big stick to anchor our pk.

Hope he has success this year in Nashville, and if he does decide to get into coaching, would love to see montreal give him an opportunity in our organization somewhere (be it as an assistant or in the AHL).

Good Luck Hal, thanks for representing the bleu blanc rouge with pride and class.


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02-17-2012, 05:58 PM
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Goodbye, Skillz Gill. You were beast.

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02-17-2012, 06:03 PM
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Whoever makes the Hal Gill tribute better use this song. It's slow and but intense, and wins a ton of Grammys, just like Gill.


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02-17-2012, 06:03 PM
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heavily under-appreciated by a lot of fans. He was a warrior and all class. Good guy. Would like to see him back with the organization after he retires.

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02-17-2012, 06:04 PM
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Hall said that he was proud to have been a Montreal Canadiens. That it was special being an Hab.

He was great for us. I'll always remember him annoying Crosby in the 2010 playoffs. That's what being a hockey player is all about, the little things.

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02-17-2012, 06:07 PM
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Any guy that has a set of drums in his living room is OK with me. Classy guy, great service time & a leader. The trade just simply needed to be made.

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02-17-2012, 06:07 PM
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Hope he comes back as a defensemen coach.

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02-17-2012, 06:08 PM
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Thanks for everything, Hal!
I already liked the Preds, I know I'll be rooting for them in the Playoffs (edit: IF the Habs don't make the playoffs)

Hal's legacy will remain in Montreal with all the things he taught to Gorges & co.
Hope to see him come back as an assistant coach someday in the future.

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02-17-2012, 06:10 PM
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http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=617485

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“We were pretty close friends and he was really like a mentor to me over these last couple of years. He showed me a lot about what it takes to be an elite player, and good penalty killer, an effective shot blocker, so it’s tough to see him go. Guys like him are hard to find,” finished Gorges. “There’s no replacing Hal Gill, he’s one in a million – anyone who knows him will tell you that.”

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02-17-2012, 06:12 PM
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Ill never forget how incredible he played during our run to the ECF. Good luck big man!

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02-17-2012, 06:37 PM
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It really showed how Gorges improved playing with him. That's what being a role model is all about.

We could always re-sign Hal next year?

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02-17-2012, 06:38 PM
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great article. sounds like the guy might move back to montreal when his career is over
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/sports/hoc...7_accueil_POS1

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Thank you Hall!!! He is a beast in the PK and in the playoffs. Was a king at stoping Crosby and Ovechkin in the year we went to the semis.

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02-17-2012, 07:30 PM
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It really showed how Gorges improved playing with him. That's what being a role model is all about.

We could always re-sign Hal next year?
It wouldn't surprise me if the Habs did TBH..

Sad to see the big guy go.. He gave his all and seemed like a great team guy.. Good luck Hal..

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02-17-2012, 07:31 PM
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I was really not a fan of him when we picked him up in free agency. He really won me over though. He was such a warrior and used his size and reach so well on the pk. His work developing Gorges and Subban is also incredible. I'm sad to see him leave, but knew he had to. His usefulness to us this year evaporated with our tailspin following the coaching change, and he deserves a chance to play for a team in the playoffs. I always said we'd easily get a second for him as he is exactly the type of player a team going into the playoffs would want. Even I am surprised we got a second and some prospects.

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02-17-2012, 07:53 PM
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will seriously miss him. he's the kind of veterans every team should have. i don't think it's conjecture to say that without him, gorges and subban never get this good.

i'll reiterate what's been said already and say that i wish he will come back in a coach's capacity at some point. seems like the kind of guy that would do well behind the bench.

i don't say this about many players but im actually proud that he wore the canadiens' colors.

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Good player good guy. Gonna be missed in the change room and his leadership.

So with him gone:

Gorges "A"
Plekanec "A"
??????? "A"
they gave his A to cole.

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02-17-2012, 09:43 PM
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Let's not forget that Hal Gill took Price under his wing (were roommates on the road) during Gill's first year as a Hab and this seemed to help Price immensely in his maturation as a man. All the best to Skillsy.

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02-17-2012, 10:38 PM
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they gave his A to cole.
So with Gill gone, and Gionta/Markov out indefinitely, the As are basically set as Gorges, Plekanec and Cole right now?

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I always enjoyed Gill and hope that he does well in the playoffs.

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02-18-2012, 01:07 AM
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This is all the love Hal Gill is going get? That guy was a force for you guys on the PK and in the playoffs. The definition of a shut down defender.

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02-18-2012, 01:18 AM
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Gill was my favourite.
One of the top shutdown d-man in the game come playoff time.

Preds are going to the finals. Book it.

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02-18-2012, 02:05 AM
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This is all the love Hal Gill is going get? That guy was a force for you guys on the PK and in the playoffs. The definition of a shut down defender.
habs fans are very much of the 'what have you done for me lately' variety. if on another team, they become of the 'he was awesome for us, our gm sucks, why did we trade him' variety.

he has been a HUGE part of this team the last 3 years, deserves tons of credit for how gorges and subban developed and much more

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