Gill re-signs with Habs

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Defenceman Hal Gill will be back with the Canadiens for one more season, RDS is reporting on its website.

The veteran blue-liner has signed a one-year contract with the Canadiens that is worth $2.25 million.

Gill, 36, is nearing the end of a two-year contract he signed with the Canadiens in the summer of 2009. In 75 games last season, he had nine points and was a minus-9.

A force when shorthanded, Gill blocked 151 shots and distributed 75 body checks while averaging 19:49 of ice time over the course of the season.

Gill joins Jaroslav Spacek and P.K. Subban as defencemen under contract for next season. Prospects Alexei Yemelin and Raphael Diaz are also signed.

Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier still has a glut of potential free-agent defenceman that include Andrei Markov, Josh Gorges, Roman Hamrlik, James Wiesniewski, Brent Sopel and Paul Mara and Yannick Weber.

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