Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/1/13
The Philadelphia Flyers signed veteran defenseman Hal Gill to a one-year deal the team announced Tuesday. Gill's contract is worth $700000 according to TSN's Bob McKenzie. Gill may be a step slower but the mammoth defenseman brings a lot of experience at an extremely reasonable cost for the cap-crunched Flyers. An invitee on a PTO to Flyers' camp Gill showed he still has enough left in the tank for his 17th NHL season beating out Oliver Lauridsen and NHL veteran Bruno Gervais for a spot. With Gill the Flyers now have eight defensemen on the active roster. The Flyers' D corps looks pretty solid as is but it is already expensive. Having Gill to fill a role where he can drop into the lineup every now and again at such a light cap hit should give Peter Laviolette some flexibility with his lineup. Considering the Flyers goaltending situation is anything but stable having a solid D corps is important. In a limited role Gill makes it a little stronger. As of last night Flyers GM Paul Holmgren told Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News that the team cleared the Day 1 salary cap by $25000 or so. This is a team paralyzed by the cap at this point.
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