The Montreal Canadiens have traded defenseman Hal Gill and a conditional 2013 5th round pick to the Nashville Predators for a 2012 2nd round pick, Blake Geoffrion and (former Toronto Maple Leafs’ prospect) Robert Slaney.
“Gill brings our team a number of elements – size, penalty-killing ability, depth on defense and playoff experience.” – Preds GM David Poile
— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) February 17, 2012
Geoffrion is a defensively sound hard working player, but may just be a 4th line, fringe 3rd type of player.
— Corey Pronman (@coreypronman) February 17, 2012
This past summer, Slaney was a throw in, in a deal that sent former Predators’ Cody Franson and Matthew Lombardi to Toronto.
The last time Gill got traded was back in 2007/08 where the Maple Leafs shipped Gill to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 2nd round selection in 2008 and a 5th round selection in 2009.
I am a little bit surprised that the Predators traded for a defenseman. I know that Ryan Suter and Shea Weber contracts are up at the end of this season. But the Predators are in the top 10 in Goals Against per game. Their defense has always been the strongest core of their team. They should of been using their assests for more scoring upfront, but we will see.
Following this trade, I expect Montreal to continue to make more minor moves, no major moves involving star players. Let’s be realistic here, Canadiens are currently 8 points behind the eight place Maple Leafs and still have four other teams who are all right with the Habs hold onto their playoff lives.
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