The Montreal Canadiens trade Hal Gill to the Nashville Predators

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 Robert Slaney.

Pierre LeBrun via twitter: If Geoffrion plays 40 games in Montreal next year, Nashville gets a 2013 5th round pick. If he plays less than 40 games, there is not pick.

Geoffrion’s grandfather was Boom-Boom Geoffrion and his great grandfather was Howie Morenz.

David Pagnotta via twitter: Predators GM David Poile “”Gill brings our team a number of elements – size, penalty-killing ability, depth on defense and playoff experience.”

Corey Pronman via twitter: On Blake Geoffrion “a defensively sound hard working player, but may just be a 4th line, fringe 3rd type of player.”

David Pagnotta via twitter: Pagnotta notes you can never have too many good defenseman. Not only did the Predators improve, they kept Gill out of Chicago and Detroit.

Jim Diamond via twitter: Gil is expected to be in Detroit around 5, and be in the lineup for the Predators tonight.

Hal Gill

Blake Geoffrion

Robert Slaney


  1. Dom

    February 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Finally a good trade for the Canadiens. They got Geoffrion who’s family has ties in Montreal and is a good project player, Slaney and a 2nd rounder for the aging Gill.

  2. hotwings

    February 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    ya good trade for the canadians… as much as i would like to see the habs excel in this league.. it seems less and less likely due to their francophone biases.. its gonna be tough sailing for the nordiques if they ever get back in the league..

  3. Phil

    February 17, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Nashville needs someone like him if they want to make it through a team like Vancouver. Now I hope they go after Nash

  4. I_am_I

    February 17, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    @Phil Unfortunately I don’t think Nashville is on Nash’s list… Maybe Howson can pencil in ville after the signature?
    Now that Slaney has been moved Nashville has nothing left form the Franson trade.

  5. mmmac

    February 18, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Double check those stats….

  6. JoonasJ86

    February 18, 2012 at 5:49 am

    Now Nashville has exactly what they wanted from the Franson, Lombardi deal. Cap space and room for better players.