Well it did.
The Flyers have signed Gill to a contract to be the team's eighth defenseman. TSN's Bob McKenzie reports that it is a one-year deal worth $700,000. The Flyers got enough room to sign Gill by placing Chris Pronger on Long-Term Injured Reserve. Gill is the first player to make the Flyers on a pro-tryout deal since Blair Betts in 2009.
Gill is a massive body on the blue line standing at 6'7" 243 lbs. He appeared in 32 games last season with the Nashville Predators but not register any points - they aren't really his thing. Gill is a defensive defenseman who stays at home and clears space. He does it well and he has for a long period of time as he has played in 1,102 NHL games in his 15-year career. Gill anchored the Montreal Canadiens defense in the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals against the Flyers.
The gritty Massachusetts-native did not make too many friends in Philadelphia when he made comments to TSN that the fans were "loud and obnoxious" and that it is "easy to hate the Flyers."
He is another veteran leader who can provide some size and grit to the Flyers blueline.
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