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We have a trade to announce: Nashville acquires Hal Gill from Montreal

Feb 17, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

Hal Gill AP

The Nashville Predators made a very intriguing move in advance of the Feb. 27 trade deadline, acquiring defenseman Hal Gill from Montreal in exchange for Blake Geoffrion and Robert Slaney.

The teams will also exchange picks as part of the deal, with Montreal getting Nashville’s second-round pick in 2012 and Nashville receiving Montreal’s fifth-round pick in 2013.

“Gill brings our team a number of elements — size, penalty-killing ability, depth on defense and playoff experience,” Preds GM David Poile told NHL.com. “He has won a Stanley Cup and played a combined 69 playoff games over the last four years, experience that significantly benefits our team.”

Some thoughts on the move:

– There’s been plenty of talk about Poile showing players (read: Ryan Suter and Shea Weber) the organization’s committed to winning. Spending big for Gill — a prospect and a second-round pick is no small price — is a strong statement, especially after Nashville spent huge to retain Pekka Rinne and acquired Mike Fisher prior to last year’s deadline.

– This is a PR dream for Montreal. Geoffrion is the grandson of Habs legend Bernie “Boom Boom” Geoffrion and the great-grandson of former Canadiens center Howie Morenz, one of the 12 original inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame. No pressure, kid!

– Adding Gill sure makes for a crowded blueline in Nashville, hey? The Preds are currently rolling with Suter, Weber, Roman Josi, Kevin Klein, Francis Bouillon and Ryan Ellis with Jack Hillen in reserve and former first-round pick Jonathon Blum in AHL Milwaukee.

– Not to say Poile will flip a defenseman to acquire some scoring up front…but it sure seems more feasible now than it did prior to getting Gill. Right? Right? Bueller?

– Finally…if you asked me (prior to this deal) for a list of 20 teams I thought would be interested in getting Gill, not sure Nasvhille would’ve made the list. But looking at it again, it’s a pretty slick move. The Preds are what they are — a tight-checking, hard-working, hell-to-play-against defensive team. So why not play to your strengths, rather than try to reinvent yourself? It’s kinda like how the Baltimore Ravens keep adding/drafting defensive studs even though they’ve already got a great defense. That’s their identity.

  1. chiadam - Feb 17, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Hmmm..why add to your strength? Don’t you trade away valuable assets to shore up areas that need attention?

    • vshehane - Feb 17, 2012 at 2:56 PM

      We will miss our Tennessee boy.

  2. metcarfre - Feb 17, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Plus, insurance if one of Suter/Weber moves in the off-season.

    • danphipps01 - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      He’s at best a #4, man. Insurance if you lose half your top pair? Not really. It just makes that gaping hole very slightly smaller if they leave.

    • paulsdamnblog - Feb 17, 2012 at 6:28 PM

      Not much insurance, his contract is up after this season.

  3. bompster42 - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    I guess Montreal will think they can make the playoffs now with Boom Booms grandson just grabbing at straws

    • bigtganks - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      grabbing?

  4. habsman - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Good luck in Nashville Hal, all the best. And thanks for taking out a Bruin before leaving.

    • danphipps01 - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:29 PM

      *Cheapshotting

      Fixed that for you.

      • habsman - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:43 PM

        I believe you’re referring to Marchand and his teamates when using the term “Cheapshotting.” The Gill hit wasn’t deliberate.

      • back2backbees - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:54 PM

        habsman, at the very very least you are loyal, like a beaten dog
        love thy master, bite everything else

      • drewsylvania - Feb 18, 2012 at 9:26 AM

        Should have known we’d get this usual hypocritical BS from the broken record.

      • koyoteken - Feb 18, 2012 at 11:49 AM

        he’s just upset the only guy the had would would deliver a hit without flopping all over the ice is gone.

      • koyoteken - Feb 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM

        f**king typing skills……….almost as good as Gomez’s goal scoring ability…..

        should read “the only guy they had who would”

  5. haterzgonahate - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    cool trade! Geffrion is hockey royalty.. no better place for him. Nashville remains a little offensively challenged in my opinion though…noetheless.. i see no wrong in this deal both ways

  6. odj810 - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    gills a playoff winner. who can play a shutdown role in the playoffs which he has done. I think its a good move.

  7. seaner44 - Feb 17, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Hal Skill Gill. Crusin around the league and looking for Cups

  8. drewzducks - Feb 17, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Wow, such loyalty and respect for a legacy. Now if they had only treated Roy the same way maybe they wouldn’t be such an embarrassment to the league.

  9. bigbear42 - Feb 17, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Am I the only one that thinks Nashville gave up too much for Hal Gill?

    • clavette - Feb 18, 2012 at 4:58 AM

      ya i thought gill was still a bum. guess not

  10. crusty14 - Feb 17, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Habsman you crack me up! Its funny how that when a hab injures someone with a cheap shot its not deliberate, but if anyone else, especially a bruin hits some one it’s the dirtiest hit in the history of hockey!

    • danphipps01 - Feb 17, 2012 at 5:31 PM

      Buddy, he thinks Brad Marchand is the Antichrist yet is willing to defend P.K. Subban. This is the tip of the homer lunatic iceberg.

  11. craigsimsrules - Feb 18, 2012 at 6:26 AM

    Dont get this one at all. Im sure nashville has another move in mind. Cause with there probable first round match-up with the blues, it is not defense they will need. But a better output from the offense This trade is a real head scratcher

  12. arbruins - Feb 18, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    Habsman, do you have any kind of input into any conversation that doesn’t end up being a violent act against a member of the bruins? Grow up for the love of God! When is this troll going to get booted?

    • drewsylvania - Feb 18, 2012 at 9:27 AM

      They’ve already stopped me from posting more than a couple comments a day…95% of what he writes is definitely “posting the same crap over and over again.”

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