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09-08-2013, 01:13 PM
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I don't see what Gill can teach him that Pronger can't.
Or Hatcher.

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09-08-2013, 01:34 PM
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Gill is a pylon himself, so, no.

Don't mind it if he had a legitimate chance to make the team, but with 9 defensemen on one-way contracts, it seems unlikely.
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I don't see what Gill can teach him that Pronger can't.
It was clearly a joke, "how not to be a pylon". Get it...

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If I counted correctly the Flyers are at 45. I counted all contracts listed on cap geek so I don't know if there are others out there, but cap geek has 45 (with two or three having slide possibilities). I don't think the contract limit is a problem at this point.
Even after contracts elapse I thought they were still up there... I guess the non-qualifying and end of contract players... along with the two Compliance BuyOuts... brought them to a better shape than I thought. I guess I lost track... a lot of personal things going on around here... Thanks.

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Can't hurt.

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09-09-2013, 01:53 AM
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cant see the point of this.

Gill is not even close to a good fit in Lavys system. nevermind the fact that hes ****ing terrible.

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09-09-2013, 03:01 AM
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I wanted Gill before they acquired Grossmann and Kubina and the JVR for Schenn move.

The right player but too late. He is like the inverse Kurtis Foster: big pylon but instead of PP he plays the PK.

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09-09-2013, 07:37 AM
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Ideal situation would be you sign him to a 2-way, play him in the AHL, then "Break Glass In Case of Playoffs". He's a pylon in the regular season but in the playoffs, when the rulebook is thrown out the window, that big wookee will just bear hug your opponents best players in front of your net. It's ugly but super effective.

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Ideal situation would be you sign him to a 2-way, play him in the AHL, then "Break Glass In Case of Playoffs". He's a pylon in the regular season but in the playoffs, when the rulebook is thrown out the window, that big wookee will just bear hug your opponents best players in front of your net. It's ugly but super effective.
This is what I was thinking the strategy might be. That and more insurance against the injury-fest this team experienced on the blueline last season.

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Plus, how do you not love a guy who calls himself "Skills" on Twitter and tweets a photo of himself with a bunch of pylons proclaiming himself "The highest paid one". Good guy in my books.

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Hal, No!

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Gill is well known as a good locker room leader and great teammate. In all likelihood, the Flyers are simply doing him a solid, letting him showcase himself in case a NHL team develops the need for a veteran guy to fill a depth role. Itís also possible that they have a potential move for one of the other defensemen on the roster, that is simply waiting for the other team to see him play a pre-season game or two to prove his health.
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Gill or Gervais?

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Gill or Gervais?
gill on the ice, chef bruno in the kitchen

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flyers have interest in cleary?

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I'm forgetting where I read this (Meltzer?) but it seemed like a good idea: bring him in for camp, sign to an AHL contract with an NHL-out clause in case he doesn't get any other offers, then bring him up later when the injuries start piling up?

Would give the Phantoms a veteran presence with no real negatives for the club, and give him a paycheck and keep him skating 'til someone needs him (hopefully not us, but would be insurance.)

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09-10-2013, 10:11 AM
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Hal Gill? Mr. Superslow?

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ESPN has an article today on Hal Gill:

http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/96...-training-camp

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PHILADELPHIA -- It's about 10:15 on Wednesday morning and Hal Gill is the only person on the Wells Fargo Center ice.

Around he goes in full gear, stretching here, working his knees back and forth there, stopping on a dime in another part of the ice.

The solitary nature of the workout is in some ways the perfect metaphor for where Gill and many other NHLers find themselves on the eve of training camp. The big defenseman is here for the Philadelphia Flyers' training camp, which starts on Thursday morning, but he does not have a contract, no safety net, no guarantees of anything other than a few days in Flyer orange.

After 1,102 regular-season NHL games and another 110 in the postseason, a couple of trips to the Stanley Cup finals and a Cup ring to show for his efforts, this is where Gill is at, working out the kinks alone on the ice and hoping against hope this isn't the end.

"It's tough. You know there's a lot of guys that are on the outside looking in. I guess the whole thing is I can't really control that," Gill told a small group of reporters after completing his physical. "I feel like the NHL's always changed the rules to try and get me out of the league and maybe they did that, just for me, they lowered the cap just for me. They've been trying for years, they've been trying everything."
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Gill knows that. He's hoping that he can play well enough to get someone to take notice. If there's not a home for him in Philadelphia, then maybe somewhere else.

"I think that's the idea. I can't control what people are going to do but I can try and control what I do and be positive," Gill said. "Go out, work hard. Kind of make a statement for myself and of course try and get on this team. I think this is a good team and I'd love to be a part of it, but I understand the numbers, I understand the business side of it. If it's not on this team, then hopefully you open someone's eyes and play well and go somewhere else and get a job somewhere."

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette has known Gill for years. The two were part of the U.S. Olympic team in 2006 in Torino, Italy, when Laviolette was the head coach and Gill part of the taxi squad of players named as injury replacements.

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I really wouldn't mind Gill if he could be had for cheap and obviously 1 year. Come playoff time his experience could be helpful even if he's not playing. With the way our injuries go he could slide in and help on the PK.

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as much as i dislike this. who knows maybe in the playoffs if we get there he can be a strict PKer.

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Kent Huskins looked very solid should have been invited

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Kent Huskins looked very solid should have been invited
I would have loved Huskins as a #7 replacement for Gervais.
Solid Veteran presence who can actually be dressed to take regular shifts and would have come cheap.

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Huskins doesn't even have a PTO contract somewhere?

That goon in Montreal really screwed him up.

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I went to training camp this morning, Gill looked good. He was in position during the drills, he cleared the front porch, and looked like a beast along the boards.
I have read all of the negative things about him being a pylon and such, but I haven't seen a big man clear the porch in that fashion since Pronger left.
Not that he's on the same scale as Chris Pronger, and I know it's just day 1 of training camp, but instead of trashing him before he even suits up in orange & black, I figure to let him make the team first.

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Eff, it move Mesz & Gervais, let Gill partner up with Gus.

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Eff, it move Mesz & Gervais, let Gill partner up with Gus.
And pressbox Grossmann?

Nah...

Move Meszaros. Sign Gill. Keep Gervais.

Timonen - Schenn
Striet - Coburn
Gustafsson - Grossmann
Gervais - Gill

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I went to training camp this morning, Gill looked good. He was in position during the drills, he cleared the front porch, and looked like a beast along the boards.
I have read all of the negative things about him being a pylon and such, but I haven't seen a big man clear the porch in that fashion since Pronger left.
Not that he's on the same scale as Chris Pronger, and I know it's just day 1 of training camp, but instead of trashing him before he even suits up in orange & black, I figure to let him make the team first.
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