Sunday, July 8, 2007
Despite becoming the first player suspended under the NHL's drug policy after testing positive for boldenone, Sean Hill has been signed by a new team. In the wake of the scandal that forced him out of the decisive Game 5 of the opening round series against the Buffalo Sabres, Hill had much reason to believe he might be forced in to retirement (taken into consideration with his age, 37). Having served only 1 game of his mandatory 20 game suspension, the Minnesota Wild have still optioned to sign him on to a one year contract worth $475,000. Accepting his statement that he did not knowingly take the banned substance, the Wild are willing to wait out nearly a quarter of the season in order to get Hill's scrappy and time-crunching style. In 81 games last season with the Isles, Hill had 1 goal and 24 assists for 25 points. He was a force on the powerplay blueline tallying 12 assists with the man advantage. Averaging 22:33 of ice time a night Hill also managed 110 penalty minutes and a +6 rating. On his 15 year career Hill has played in 841 games while banging home 60 goals and 229 assists for 289 points. He has also clocked 976 penalty minutes. Minnesota will be his 8th team as he has had tours of duty with the Canadiens, Ducks, Senators, Hurricanes, Blues, Panthers and Islanders.