Quotes that had Nashville radio talking this morning (re: Hal Gill).
Quotes from Hal Gill and articles included. Back handed slap at Nashville especially the fans, WOW! Does Suter and Weber feel the same way? Nashville radio was fired up this morning to say the least.
quote 1: “In Nashville, where they assume everyone’s from everywhere, I heard, ‘Good luck with your transfer,’ not my trade,” he said, laughing now. “In the playoffs, the energy did get ramped up. But here, it’s crazy.”
quote 2: "I had a good exit meeting in Nashville. We’re going to try to work something out. It’s hard to compare Nashville to anything I’ve been a part of: Toronto, Boston, Pittsburgh, Montreal. In Nashville, if you make a turnover and cost a goal, you’re not afraid of the boos. You really have to be awful to be noticed. You can just go out there and play. It’s great but I don’t know how long you’d last before you’d get complacent.
The great part about playing in Montreal is you have a Tuesday night game against Columbus and in the streets you hear, “Do you think (Rick) Nash is going to be traded?” There’s a story for everything. A Tuesday Predators game against Carolina in Nashville, no one’s going to be talking about it."
I agree with both posts. Nothing was wrong or false with what he said. Hell, hockey is at the bottom of popularity in all the American cities. Boston, New York, Dallas...that quote could be said about any city outside of Canada.
I also agree that I wasn't impressed. I didn't think he was ever going to be a game changer, but I thought he'd step it up in the playoffs. He was either injured or useless.
he was basically a giant greg zanon. it's not that he was some defensive virtuoso, he was just big and blocked shots. His footspeed got him into trouble, and if he was out of position, he was in bad shape.
For someone that was supposed to ease our reliance on Klein, Klein badly outplayed him from the day the trade was made on.
So he heard someone say transfer instead of trade. yawn. Of course ignorant people will assume that everybody says that because of the Nashville/Southern/hillbilly stereotype that floats around.
He is comparing the atmosphere (noise) in montreal and Nashville. The Bell Center holds what, 4,000 more people than our arena. Yeah, I think it might get louder there. It's not like he said "Yeah the crowd there is overrated .. they really suck."
So he's not afraid of hearing boos here. OK, from what I've seen the fans down here don't usually boo their teams. It's a cultural thing, doesn't mean we don't notice bad play. You have to be really awful to get boo'd, not to get noticed. I think Hal hasn't spent enough time down here to pick up on the fact that people are more polite and respectful than some other places.
And if he lets the level of his play rise or fall based on the level of emotion showed by the fans, then how much of a professional is he?
Finally, his comments about the tuesday games in each market ... is he wrong? I've heard Hockey fans talking about other Hockey related things, but the general public on the street ... no.
I took the boo thing as a complement. I took it as when a guy makes a mistake, he can generally forget about it, stay loose and move on rather than hear boos for your next few shifts where you start thinking rather than playing.
It was taken a little differently by a person who has played professional sports on local radio. He had some good arguments and his view was interesting since he was a former pro. You can take it both ways and it could also be taken as Nashville fans do not know anything about hockey and they do not notice until you really screw up. Also noting that if it takes the fans to motivate you into not being complacent than something is not right especially if you are not afraid of the coaches if you get complacent.
Yeah the thing about no one talking hockey is true in a lot of places and could be one reason that guys who play hockey at the pro level flock to places where it is life. So i guess Nashville, Columbus, Dallas, Colorado, and many others better get used to it.
I'm really surprised that anyone here could downplay Gill's play on the ice. The guy wasn't the fastest by any means but he was almost always in position and when he wasn't, his incredible reach would still break up the play. Not to mention his ability to neutralize almost anyone that he wanted, any time that he wanted. His ability to solidly pin an opponent against the glass at will was great for our defense.
We knew that that Gill was hurt pretty bad because of the level of secrecy during speculation of his return. Little did we know, he actually had a BROKEN LEG and had to freeze his leg before every game to play?!? That's crazy. I personally appreciated what he brought to the table. I know he's not the youngest guy; he himself said that he enjoyed his time here and it made him feel younger. He seems to have the right attitude, experience, size and skill....and I enjoyed watching him render guys ineffective. To badmouth the guy in anyway, seems kind of ridiculous to me.
I would 100% bring Gill back if it didn't break the bank.
so if the choices for next season are signing Cube or Gill, at roughly the same money, who do you sign?
Gill, without hesitation. Bouillon elevated his game in the playoffs, but Gill's reach and positioning make him a much better fit. If we can sign him for his current cap number ($2.25M) or less, I'd call that a no-brainer.
Yeah...injuries or not, the fact we gave up 1st and 2nd rounders for not very much production stings. If/when Suter leaves, it'll hurt more.
Or, try and build a better team in the off season so Poile doesn't have to overpay in February and March to address the holes in the roster. But anyway.....
I'd welcome Gill back at the right price. Just not sure what the market would be for him elsewhere and hope that departures of other players don't mean that Poile is willing to overpay just because the money will be there as a result.