It appears the fifteen year career of former Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill may have come to an end. The Nashville Predators placed Gill on waivers Tuesday after a season when he played in only 38 games with no points and a minus-3 rating. He had a year remaining on a two year contract at 2 million dollars.
The Canadiens traded him along with a 5th round draft pick to Nashville on February 17, 2012 Gill and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2013 for Blake Geoffrion, Robert Slaney and and a second-round draft pick in 2012. The Canadiens used the draft pick to select defenseman Dalton Thrower from the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL 51st overall.
GM David Poile said the Predators don’t believe there’s room for Gill after the selection of rookie defenseman Seth Jones fourth overall in Sunday’s draft.
Gill is fifth among active NHL defensemen with 1,102 games played. Taken by the Boston Bruins in the eighth round of the 1993 NHL Draft, he has 36 goals and 184 points in 15 seasons with the Bruins, Toronto, Pittsburgh, the Canadiens and Predators. He helped the Penguins win the 2009 Stanley Cup.
Worst career setback for Mike Komisarek, outside of being beaten up by Milan Lucic, was leaving Andrei Markov and the Canadiens. Four years ago this week he signed a five year free agent Toronto contract. With the Leafs he was a disaster. The Leafs ended everyone’s misery by buying him out Tuesday. Komisarek will be paid $1,166,667 in each of the next two seasons and of course, effective Friday, he’s an unrestricted free agent.
Nothing New On Sergei Kostitsyn
Sergei Kostitsyn has been negotiating with teams in the KHL, which does not make the Predators unhappy. Although under contract to the Predators for another year Nashville is very willing to loan him to a KHL team. They wouldn’t have to pay him but the Predators would be on the hoold for his 3 million dollar cap hit.