Gill Goes To Music City

Hal Gill has been dealt to the Nashville Predators. Gill, along with a 2013 5th round draft pick, leaves the Habs who now welcome aboard forwards Robert Slaney, a 2nd round pick in 2012, and Blake Geoffrion, son of Danny, grandson of Boom Boom, and great-grandson of Howie Morenz. Talk about a guy with Hab bloodlines.

Gill was a leader with the Habs, a character guy, and will be missed because of this. But he was slower than molasses, and the way Alexei Emelin and Raphael Diaz have found their way on the the blueline, Gill’s time had come. So long, Hal. You’re a good guy.


MONTREAL (February 17, 2012) – Montreal Canadiens general manager, Pierre Gauthier, announced today the acquisition of forwards Blake Geoffrion and Robert Slaney, as well as a second round draft pick in 2012 from the Nashville Predators, in return for defenseman Hal Gill and a conditional fifth round draft pick in 2013.

The 24-year old Geoffrion played 22 games with the Predators this season. He registered three assists, 29 hits and 17 penalty minutes, playing an average of 10 minutes and 20 seconds per game. In his second year in professional hockey this season, he also played with the AHL Milwaukee Admirals recording nine points, including two goals, in 20 games.

The 6’01’’, 190 lbs left winger has collected 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists) in 42 regular season games in the NHL.  Geoffrion displays a career +1 plus/minus differential. He added two assists in 12 playoff games in 2010-11, along with a +1 plus/minus ratio.

A native of Plantation, Florida, Geoffrion was drafted in the second round, 56th overall by the Predators at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He was awarded the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, as the Top U.S. Collegiate Player in 2010.

Slaney, 23, notched one assist in nine games with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals, and 18 points (11 goals, 7 assists) in 30 games with the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones this season.

A product of the QMJHL’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles the 6’02’’, 203 lbs left winger registered eight assists in 52 career games in the AHL. Slaney added 53 points (19 goals, 34 assists) in 113 career games in the ECHL.

The Upper Cove Island, Newfoundland native Slaney signed as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 14, 2009. He was acquired from Toronto by the Predators on July 3, 2011.

“First and foremost, I would like to thank Hal Gill for his contribution to our team over the last three seasons. His leadership and commitment were much appreciated. I wish him the best of luck with his new team. We are also very pleased to have acquired a second round draft selection in 2012 and two young prospects for our organization. We look forward to working together with Blake Geoffrion and Robert Slaney to continue their progression,” said Canadiens’ general manager Pierre Gauthier.

Hal Gill played 53 games this season with the Canadiens registering eight points (1 goal, 7 assists). He recorded 48 hits and 122 blocked shots, playing an average of 16 minutes and 44 seconds per game.

Since joining the NHL, Gill has recorded 179 points (36 goals and 143 helpers) and maintained a +43 plus/minus ratio in 1,047 NHL regular season games.


5 thoughts on “Gill Goes To Music City”

  1. Now that is a good trade. A 5th and Gill for a 2nd and prospects to help fill up Hamilton. Now if we can get a bucket of pucks for Campoli we will be going in the right direction. Only move a few things for some serious picks and we will restock nicely. Trevor seems to do a nice job judging by all the former draft picks we traded away playing in the NHL right now so lets keep and develop our own. Next thing settle on a coach(Cunneyworth or whomever) and put a similar style coach at Hamilton with up tempo thoughts and play like the flying frenchman we used to be when I was a kid. This looks good as long as we don’t give it up to get someone like Nash. He is good but many prospects are better and who knows what Calgary’s 2nd next year will bring since they look to be floundering(haha).

  2. I think this trade is to prey on our emotions and make us think Gauthier is doing a good job. I wouldn’t characterize either player coming as a young prospect. Hopefully Geoffrion’s hall of fame blood will spring to life home in Montreal. The fifth round pick to Nashville is conditional on him playing 40 games next year. If anything it should have been the other way around. If he doesn’t play 40 games they should have owed us compensation for the 24 year old. Slaney is 23 and likely will never make the Bulldogs on a fulltime basis.

    I think we could have gotten more from a serious cup contender wanting leadership, winning experience, depth and proven defensive specialist when short-handed. I was hoping for a late first-rounder or a young 20 year old prospect on the verge of breaking through.

    As for Gill, I wonder what the chances are of him coming back next year. He seemed very happily settled in Montreal. Is there still the concept of player-coach? He could coach the young defensemen and step in if needed instead if signing a Mara or Campoli.

  3. Good trade. I think we can still make the playoffs without big Hal. Sad to seehim go. Will miss his choppy strides and arms swinging back and forth like a tall skinny ape. I do think Boom Boom’s wife fooled around because the bloodlines seem to disappear after Boom Boom. Maybe we get a real talented milk man in Blake? Top college player though. I think this is a good trade. Even if we trade AK47 and Moen it still wouldn’t deem us sellers. I think we areclose to 79 returning. I hear he is working hard, even taking rougn corners. They are just being patient bringing him back. A smart move. Even a 60% Markov will help any team.

  4. Mayo, I think the time had for good old Gill, that’s all. Especially with Diaz and Emelin playing regularly. I liked Hal and appreciate him babysitting Subban. As for Markov, it must be so hard on the poor bugger to be out so long. He must get awfully sick of rehab.

  5. dra58, Nash is good for sure. Big with great hands. And he makes the same as Gomez. Imagine. I don’t know whether this is a good deal or not (the Gill one). I’ve gotten carried away before with trades and they became low-impact players. So I’m just going to sit on the fence and see how things play out. All I really know is, I need Gomez gone as soon a spossible.

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