When the Montreal Canadiens traded defenseman Hal Gill to the Nashville Predators, Penguins fans were not happy at the fact that a defender that helped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup championship in 2009 was not brought back to help a Penguins defense that has been suspect for much of the season.
However, Stephen Catanese of PensBurgh urges fans to not be too broken up over the failure to grab Gill, purely for the reason that the Penguins defense has changed up so much since Gill's departure.
Dan Bylsma wanted skilled skaters and offensively capable players going back to get the puck and bringing it back up ice. Go south, then quickly transition northward.
In all, that's something that Gill is not capable of. He's more of a defender who just wants to clear the puck out of the defensive zone and then let the offensive players score. A more fast-paced defense like this would not have been a fit for Gill.
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