has agreed to terms with the Montreal Canadiens
on a one-year contract, the team announced Wednesday.
TSN is reporting that the contract is worth $2.25 million -- the same salary the defenseman earned with the club in each of the past two seasons.
The 36-year-old Gill was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Gill, a Concord, Mass., native, played in 75 games last season for Montreal, recording 2 goals and 7 assists with a minus-9 rating and 43 penalty minutes. He averaged 19:49 minutes of ice time per game and ranked second on the team with 151 blocked shots.
He averaged 23:21 minutes of ice time per game in seven playoff contests, as Montreal was eliminated by the Boston Bruins
in the first round.
Prior to joining the Canadiens two seasons ago, Gill won the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009.
"Hall Gill has played a key role since he joined our team two years ago," Canadiens General Manager Pierre Gauthier said in a press release. "He brings leadership and determination on and off the ice, two very important components to the success of our group. He is an experienced veteran and his contribution to the development of our young players is extremely valuable."
The Canadiens still have five other unrestricted free agent defensemen: Andrei Markov
, James Wisniewski
, Roman Hamrlik
, Brent Sopel
and Paul Mara