I'm not seeing many people talk about this so I thought I would start a thread. We are doing great without him, but imagine how much better we would be with him??
We traded a second round pick for him and he was for playoffs only really seeing as he is a ufa after season.
Has anyone heard ANYTHING about when he may be back?? Thanks guys!
He skated for 20 minutes today, but left the ice early. That's better than the last time I heard anything about him. Then he skated for five minutes before leaving the ice.
I heard that he had skated on his own for a bit before skating with the team for the aforementioned 20 minutes. And that he left the ice when contact drills began. Sounds like he's getting there. I would think he's not in game shape.
I wonder if 8-10 minutes of Gill is better than 8-10 minutes of Hillen or Ellis. At least he could kill penalties. Then Weber or Suter could play more ES minutes.
If/when we get past Detroit, I'd bet he's ready for the next round.
Hopefully the few days off after Tuesday helps and he can get back in there Friday. I'm surprised how well the D has held up without him and at the same time I wonder how long it can keep up the current level of play without him......
Gill was on the ice this morning. Not sure for how long or what drills he participated in ... also not the first time he's been out there during the morning skate and couldn't make a go of it.
Ellis gives us more on the PP that Hillen, Hillen is a bit more reliable at ES. Neither is a great option against the Wings due to their lack of size and experience. Seeing Ellis trying to take Bertuzzi to the boards on Sunday made me laugh.
I think Gill is a great veteran presence and size we need since Shane left.....with that said, I'm not sure how much benefit he would be in the series even if he was healthy. Refs seem to be whistle happy, and I would be afraid he would take some extra penalties just because of his size. Not saying he wouldnt be a boost to the D, but maybe it's a small blessing.....
Hahaha, well looks like we are on different thought patterns lol
Who would most of us rather see play? Ellis or hillen?
Keep in mind our first ever playoff win in Detroit had Ellis in the lineup.
In this situation, I would go with Hillen. He has 2 games in this series under his belt. He, like Ellis has only played in about 8 minutes per game, but unlike Ellis, they have all been at even strength or PK and has looked more solid defensively. I think we need Hillen's EV minutes and defense over the promise of Ellis' PP offense (which created 3 turnovers on the PP in the first game).
Babcock is really pissed about all of Detroit's penalties the first 3 games and they will try to stay out of the box, so the Ellis PP advantage will be further reduced.
Hillen tried way too many soft passes up the boards from his own defensive end that resulted in turnovers for my liking. He looked impossibly uncomfortable with the puck on his stick, I feel like Ellis is less likely to give the puck away in bad spots.