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.
“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.”
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.
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.