The 27-year-old spent last season with St. Louis but didn’t see any action with them. Instead, he was their taxi squad netminder for a good portion of the year while also getting into five games with AHL Utica. Gillies has remained at the AHL level this season, getting into three games with Boston’s affiliate and one with Philadelphia’s.
Gillies won’t be going back to the minors though, at least not yet. Instead, his presence is needed with backup goaltender Ville Husso out with a lower-body injury and Jordan Binnington still in COVID protocol. They’re using an emergency roster exception to have Charlie Lindgren up and that carries a maximum allowable cap hit of $850K; anyone making more can’t be recalled. That takes their other AHL netminder Joel Hofer off the table which means they needed to sign Gillies to have a second goalie available for tomorrow’s game against Detroit.
Speaking of that roster exception, they were able to bring up Nathan Walker earlier today after playing short a forward. However, defenseman Jake Walman sustained an upper-body injury on Tuesday night and the team will once again have to play short a player on Thursday before being able to recall a replacement for him.