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Report: Defence veteran Gill signs one-year contract extension with Canadiens

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Montreal Canadiens' Hal Gill, left, collides with Chicago Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook during second periond NHL hockey action in Montreal, Tuesday, April 5, 2011. Gill was considered an asset as much as a mentor to young blueliners as for his solid play in his own zone when the 36-year-old was given a one-year contract extension by the Montreal Canadiens. Gill hopes to play well enough to earn another extension next year.The CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes Author: The Hockey News

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Report: Defence veteran Gill signs one-year contract extension with Canadiens

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MONTREAL - Defenceman Hal Gill has reportedly signed a one-year contract to stay with the Montreal Canadiens.

The 36-year-old was eligible to become a an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He reportedly is to earn US$2.25 million, the same salary he earned the last two seasons with the Canadiens.

Gill had only two goals and seven assists in 75 games last season, but his strengths are his defensive play and shot blocking. He was also a solid mentor for gifted rookie P.K. Subban.

The Concord, Mass., native, who won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009, has 35 goals and 136 assists in 994 games with Boston, Toronto, Pittsburgh and Montreal.

The deal is being reported by various media outlets.

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Report: Defence veteran Gill signs one-year contract extension with Canadiens