The Nashville Predators have made a trade to help their team out, big time! Their trade was with the Montreal Canadiens.
Nashville Gets: Hal Gill and a conditionally 2013, 5th Rd. Pick
Montreal Gets: Blake Geoffrion, Robert Slaney and a 2012, 2nd Rd. Pick
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This move is great for the Nashville Predators. David Poile made a great move for a defenseman that they need. Gill adds more depth and what the Predators wanted, size. Hal Gill is 6 foot 7 inches and knows how to be physical. Gill has won one cup, in 2009, with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Hal Gill will most likely play on the 2nd line with Kevin Klein.
The other important man in the deal was Blake Geoffrion going to Montreal. Geoffrion was a huge, important role in growing hockey in Nashville. He played at Centennial Sportsplex, where kids play now. Sadly, he didn't have a great performance in the NHL while with the Nashville Predators.
We will all miss Blake Geoffrion here.
Here is the Press Release:
Nashville, Tenn. (February 17, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has acquired veteran defenseman Hal Gill and a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2013 Entry Draft from Montreal in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft and forwards Blake Geoffrion and Robert Slaney. He is expected to meet the team today in Detroit.
“Hal Gill brings our team a number of elements – size, penalty-killing ability, depth on defense and playoff experience,” Poile said. “He has won a Stanley Cup and played a combined 69 playoff games over the last four years, experience that significantly benefits our team.”
Gill, 36 (4/6/75), has suited up for 1,047 regular-season games (36g-143a-179pts, 940 PIMs) and 105 playoff contests (0g-6a-6pts, 68 PIMs) since 1997-98 – more than any player currently on the Predators roster. He appeared in back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals in 2008 and 2009 with Pittsburgh, winning the Cup in 2009. One of the League’s tallest players at 6-7, 240 pounds, Gill has eight points (1g-7a) and 29 penalty minutes thus far in 2011-12 playing in his third season with the Canadiens.