Flyers invite Hal Gill to training camp on tryout

Flyers invite Hal Gill to training camp on tryout

September 7, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Hal Gill has spent the past two seasons with the Nashville Predators. (USA Today Images)

VOORHEES, N.J. -- It would be an understatement to say the Flyers have a legitimate log jam on defense right now.
As in nine players -- including all of their projected top seven -- on one-way contracts.
They also have $34.2 million tied up in salary cap space committed to their blue line, including Chris Pronger, who will go on LTIR at some point in 2013-14.
They are also $2 million over the $64.3 million cap going into full training camp next week.
So then why would the club offer a tryout invitation to 38-year-old veteran defenseman Hal Gill?
Unless … the Flyers were planning on trading at least one player of significant salary and replacing that player with someone with a far lesser cap hit.
“I am going to do the best I can to impress people,” Gill told “I am not looking at it as trying to get a roster spot. I am looking at it as a chance to play.”

The Boston Globe reported Gill's tryout on Saturday.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren confirmed that Gill will attend training camp on a tryout. Gill announced the news on his Twitter account.

One club source said the Flyers were hoping some organization will call them in the next few weeks needing a defenseman, so they can shed salary.
Gill, who’s been around 15 seasons, won a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009, and brings a wealth of on-ice composure, leadership and experience.
Then again, among the Flyers' starters, is he better than any of their expected top seven -- Kimmo Timonen, Mark Streit, Braydon Coburn, Luke Schenn, Erik Gustafsson, Nick Grossmann, or Andrej Meszaros?