Trade: Hal Gill to Nashville

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[Ed. note: In the run-up to the trade deadline, RMNB will be publishing trade stories– including non-Caps news.]

According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, Hal Gill has been traded from the Montreal Canadiens to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Blake Geoffrion, Robert Slaney, and a 2012 2nd round pick.

Hal Gill has a cap hit of $2,250,000 and will be expected to provide veteran defense for a Nashville team that may be in danger of losing either one or both of their star defensive pairing of Shea Weber and Ryan Suter over the next few months. Blake Geoffrion has a cap hit of $1,062,500 and has yet to score in 22 games with the Predators this season, though he did contribute 6 goals in 20 games last season and will likely be expected to chip in some offense on a Montreal squad that often struggles with this. Slaney is a 23-year-old left wing with no pro experience thus far.

Hal Gill isn’t especially known for his speed or mobility — look for terms like “parking meter” and “pylon” on his bingo card — but he’s an excellent penalty killer and a very good defensive mentor. Nashville’s scary defense just got a little bit scarier.

  • ”  Hal Gill has been traded  from the Nashville Predators to the Montreal Canadiens”
    other way around, bro.

  • Peter

    Ha! Fixed it.

    No “Bro” though. Ana is a lady.

  • Ana

    Where is that? Serious Q, I am looking. 

  • Ana

    Peter is fast like the wind. Thanks, Matt!

  • Blake Geoffrion is grandson of the Canadiens’ great Bernie Geoffrion, also known as “Boom Boom” for inventinh the slapshot. I believe Habs fans are ecstatic about Blake Geoffrion joining their team.