I just don't know how well Green would fit in here. Although if it means getting rid of Boughner, I'm more than willing to do it and figure out where Green fits in later. He can play all three forward positions effectively, kills penalties well and is one of the best faceoff men in the game.
Given how loaded the B's are at forward, I thought the Green signing was a strange one. They certainly didn't need him. Then I read that Green is Thornton's buddy and wonder of wonders, was signed shortly after Joe inked his contract. Now it is all explained.
Personally, I would rather have Andy Hilbert on my team.
That'd be an extremely small sample size considering the amount of discussion concerning Hal Gill around these forums. You're new here, so I'd expect you wouldn't know that. No problem.
I find Gill to be extremely slow, an akward defender positionally, far too inconsistent physically and not worth the hassle considering our weakest defensemen are at least on par with him.
Gill was a decent 4/5 defenseman in Boston in the past, but Boston used him as a 2/3, which is too far above his capabilities.
He's pretty good at protecting the net, won't cost you in bad penalties, but he's not a fast skater, as you already said.
He's more suitable for the old NHL, but with the new rule that players can now pass over two lines, I fear he's going to have problems with getting the puck out of our end more often than not. He was a great penalty killer, has a long reach and makes decent poke checks because of it, but again, new rules may change his ability to be an effective penalty killer in the newer NHL. We'll have to wait and see how he does this season. I don't mind him being on the team, so long as they use him approrpriately.