Found February 19, 2012 on Smashville 24/7:
DALLAS – The Predators acquired defenseman Hal Gill for his penalty killing prowess. Little did they know that, in his debut, Gill would be sitting in the box in the final two minutes watching his team try to kill off a penalty and preserve a one-goal lead.“We were talking about that – the guy that loves to be in that situation right at the end of the game is in the box,” head coach Barry Trotz said. “I think the guys really wanted to get that for him. He hasn’t been with us very long, but he seems to fit in and he’s got an infectious personality.”Gill was called for a tripping penalty with 2:05 left in regulation, but the Preds held on for the 3-2 victory.“It’s no fun in the box, especially at the end of the game like that in a close game,” Gill said. “I’m really happy they got that one for me.”Trotz added, “When he’s on the ice he just engulfs you; that’s probably the best way to describe him. He kills the cycle and just engulfs the person. He’s more about substance

Gill says Predators are “right in the middle of the fun” with tough week ahead

This week the Nashville Predators will host the Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks, three teams ahead of Nashville in the Western Conference standings. A tough week of opponents puts it mildly, but that doesn’t phase newest Predator Hal Gill. “I think that is the way it should be,” Gill answered when asked about his first full week as a Nashville Predator...

Gill a ‘great addition’ for Predators

NASHVILLE – When the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Hal Gill at the trade deadline in 2008, Hal Gill was viewed as a final piece to their puzzle. There as some similarities four years later, as the Nashville Predators hope Gill can be a solid coup for the postseason.It’s safe to say Gill is now a veteran of the trade deadline. On deadline day in 2008, he was traded to Pittsburgh...

Hal Gill’s debut: Period-by-period blog

DALLAS – Here are some on-the-fly thoughts on Hal Gill’s first game as a Nashville Predator…First periodHal Gill was mostly paired with youngsters Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis as the Preds are rolling with seven defensemen. The first observation of Gill: he is a big man, but you already knew that. Gill played well in all three zones in the first 20 minutes. He made a nice defensive...

What Does Hal Gill Bring To Nashville?

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette, His mentorship last season of rookie defenceman P.K. Subban was incalculable. On the rink, when paired with Subban, Gill was the fallback, dependable steed when his partner, a frisky colt, strayed or got into trouble; off the ice, Gill helped teach Subban how to be a professional. Now Gill takes those qualities to Nashville to nurture young...

Predators host Vancouver tonight, have trio of fan activities on Wednesday

The Vancouver Canucks invade Bridgestone Arena for the final time in the regular season on Tuesday night, exactly two weeks after they beat the Predators 4-3 in an overtime thriller.The Canucks are chasing Detroit for the Western Conference title and are currently two points behind the Wings with 82 points. The Predators are in fifth place with 74 points and still hope to make up...

Lasting lessons

Tweet BROSSARD – Hal Gill may be gone, but his legacy in the Canadiens dressing room isn’t going anywhere. One of the more ...

Bruins, Rangers Headline List of Eastern Conference Buyers at NHL Trade Deadline

The NHL trade deadline is fast approaching, and the deals have already begun. The first dominoes have fallen in the past couple days with San Jose acquiring Dominic Moore from Tampa Bay and Hal Gill being shipped to Nashville by Montreal. That takes two of the more coveted veterans off the market, and the scramble for the remaining players available before the Feb. 27 deadline should...

2012 NHL trade deadline deals tracker

2012 NHL deadline deals (Trades completed Feb. 16 or later) Team Gets Date Gets Team D Hal Gill Conditional fifth-round pick (2013) Feb. 17 Read about it F Blake Geoffrion F Robert Slaney Second-round pick (2012) F Dominic Moore Seventh-round pick Feb. 16 Read about it Second-round Pick (2012) D Nicklas Grossman Feb. 16 Read about it Second-round pick( 2012) Third-round pick...

Nashville Predators In "Buy" Mode

NHL experts wonder if the financially constrained Nashville Predators will be able to lock cornerstone defensemen Shea Weber and Ryan Suter into long-term deals.So it was a bit surprising to see Predators GM David Poile add still another defenseman with an expiring contract – big Hal Gill, who arrived from Montreal in a trade for forwards Blake Geoffrion and Robert Slaney and a...

2012 NHL Trade Deadline Tracking/Discussion/Implications

We'll keep this Western Conference based unless people really want to discuss Philly picking up defencemen. The first domino falls to Nashville D Hal Gill Conditional 5th-Round Pick (2013) FOR F Blake Geoffrion F Robert Slaney 2nd-Round Pick (2012 The USS Hal Gill is best at the penalty kill and a sturdy, if aging, piece to add to Nashville's blueline. He...

Nashville Brings Their Own Big D: Hang on for 3-2 Win in Dallas

Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images Nashville had some work to do after a heart-breaking closing seconds loss against the league-leading Detroit Red Wings Friday night. Dallas came into tonight playing the latter of a back-to-back where the Stars have had little success over the season going 0-8-2  into tonight’s match-up. Tonight also marked the first appearance of newly...
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