Montreal Canadiens Player Profile: Hal Gill

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Montreal Canadiens Player Profile: Hal Gill
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Note to the reader: This is the fourth of a series of articles reviewing the newly acquired players who have signed with the Montreal Canadiens.

As the series continues, today we will be taking a look at what Hal Gill brings to the table in his acquisition to the Montreal Canadiens. Considered to be a strong stay-at-home defenseman, Hal Gill brings strength and size to the smaller Montreal Canadiens.

The 34 year old just came off a stellar season with the Pittsburgh Penguins, winning the Stanley Cup for the first time in his entire career.

Gill, originally drafted by Boston in the eighth round (207th overall) in 1993, played most of his career which include eight seasons and 600 games for Boston. After all this time and relatively reliable play, he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2006 as a free agent.

In his entire career, Hal Gill has amassed 31 goals and 120 assists for a grand total of 151 points over 851 career NHL games.

Gill's play wasn't as consistent as the Maple Leafs expected, and was eventually traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he won the Stanley Cup. But what he brings to Montreal is his size and strength.

Standing tall at 6-foot-7 and 250 pounts, Hal Gill is the apparent answer to what the Habs have in line for Brian Burke's revamping of a much bigger and strong Toronto Maple Leafs. In fact, Hal Gill will be the biggest player in the Canadiens history.

Gill is not the fastest of defensemen, but Hal Gill is surely there to be a brick wall. The question remains however, what is Montreal doing stocking up on left-handed defensemen?

Hall Gill was signed the day free agency began to a two-year, $4.5 million contract, keeping him here for the immediate future.

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