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Gill re-signs with Predators

Thursday, 06.28.2012 / 5:16 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Defenseman Hal Gill has re-signed with the Nashville Predators, agreeing to a two-year, $4 million contract.

Gill had five assists and a plus-4 rating in 24 regular-season games in 2011-12 after being acquired by the Predators in a trade from the Montreal Canadiens to bolster Nashville's defensive-zone play and penalty-killing. He was hurt late in the season, however, and sat out the Predators' first-round playoff series against the Red Wings. He returned during the second round against the Coyotes, finishing with no points and a plus-2 rating.

The 37-year-old played in his 1,000th NHL game last season. In 14 seasons with the Bruins, Maple Leafs, Penguins, Canadiens and Predators, Gill has 36 goals, 184 points and a plus-47 rating in 1,070 games.

I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm thanking my lucky stars tonight.

— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game