During the week of the NHL Awards and Draft former defenseman and current analyst for the Nashville Predators Hal Gill joined the Spittin’ Chiclets podcast — his third appearance on the show — discussing the latest on the team and even his transition from Montreal to the Music City.
Gill was dealt to the Nashville Predators back in 2012 for a 2nd rounder in the 2012 draft and Robert Slaney. He later signed with the Philadelphia Flyers for one season before hanging up the skates.
While on the podcast Gill shared a story about new general manager Barry Trotz when he was still coaching the Predators.
“One of my favorite things (to share) when I was playing I got traded and Sergei Kostitsyn was here and (he) was awful in Montreal,” Gill said. “He was a bad teammate, he was a bad person and I was like ‘I don’t want to be around this guy’. I got here and Sergei walked right up to me and asked me ‘What’s up? How are you doing?’ I go over to Trotz and asked him ‘What did you do to that guy?'”
Gill went on to share how Trotz would make it a point to have cereal with Kostitsyn every morning while he was in Nashville just to get to know him while at the rink.
The analyst was also asked about how Trotz would approach building the team back up on the ice.
“I think he was trying to change up the mojo,” Gill said of the Predators moving away from Ryan Johansen. “He was a beast in the playoffs. He did a lot of good things. Carrying $8 million they’re trying to get new blood in… You free up that cap space and you move him on and let him go do his thing in Colorado.”
Nashville’s captain Roman Josi was also listed as the fifth-best defenseman in the league by the NHL Network. The defensemen ahead of him were Victor Hedman, Miro Heiskanen, Adam Fox, and Cale Makar.
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