Bruins and Gill agree to contract
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The two sides were scheduled for arbitration on August 14. "We're pleased that we were able to come to this agreement in advance of the arbitration process," said Bruins general manager Mike O'Connell. "We recognize that Hal is an important part of our defense and is one of our steadiest and most reliable players." Gill has spent his entire seven-year NHL career with the Bruins. He played in all 82 games last season, posting two goals with seven assists for just nine points, but he was second among the club's blueliners with a rating of plus-16. The 29-year-old native of Concord, Massachusetts was the 207th overall pick of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft and played four years at Providence College before joining the Bruins in 1997. In 546 career NHL games, Gill has scored 19 goals and added 68 assists for 87 points.