Flyers Notes: Defenseman Gill signs one-year contract

New Flyers defenseman Hal Gill most recently played for the Nashville predators. (Carlos Osorio/AP file photo)
New Flyers defenseman Hal Gill most recently played for the Nashville predators. (Carlos Osorio/AP file photo)
Posted: October 03, 2013

The Flyers signed veteran defenseman Hal Gill and recalled winger Adam Hall from the Phantoms on Tuesday, filling out their 23-man roster.

The two may not be in the lineup when the Flyers open their season Wednesday by hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The 6-foot-7 Gill signed a one-year deal for $700,000, and he gives the Flyers security in case someone is injured. Gill, 38, who had a pair of assists in three preseason games, will be entering his 16th NHL season.

"I'm happy to be part of this team, because I think this team has a shot to win and that's what you want," Gill said. "You want a chance to be playing in June, and that's what I'm looking forward to."

Hall had been demoted to the Phantoms Monday in a paper transaction that was needed until the Flyers opened salary-cap space. They subsequently gained cap room by placing Chris Pronger on the long-term injured reserve list.

The Flyers have about $3.6 million in cap room.

Probable lines

Here are the probable lines and pairings for the Flyers:

Claude Giroux centering Scott Hartnell and Jake Voracek.

Vinny Lecavalier centering Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds.

Sean Couturier centering Max Talbot and Matt Read.

Scott Laughton centering Zac Rinaldo and Hall or Jay Rosehill. (Rosehill is likely to play Wednesday against the physical Maple Leafs.)

Defense: Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn; Luke Schenn and Mark Streit; Nick Grossmann and Andrej Meszaros.

Extras: Erik Gustafsson and Gill.

Laughton's goal

Laughton can be sent back to his junior team after nine games, preventing his entry-level contract from starting.

His goal is to remain here beyond that.

"I probably have a month period to try and show what I can do and just get better every day," said Laughton, who added: "I had a tough start to camp and I think I got better as it went on."


Jonathan Bernier is expected to be the starting goalie for the Maple Leafs, whose lineup includes former Flyers James van Riemsdyk and Joffrey Lupul. James Reimer was Toronto's starting goalie when it opened the season Tuesday in Montreal. . . . Suspended Toronto winger David Clarkson will miss the first 10 games because of his role in a preseason brawl.