Gill Gone for Bloodline

The Habs sent 36-year-old veteran defensive defenseman Hal Gill to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Blake Geoffrion and Robert Slaney. The Canadiens also receive a second round pick in 2012.

Thanks Hal !

“Wow..what a day…its bitter sweet, going to miss my hometown of Nashville, but going to where it all started with my family…MONTREAL!!!” .

Those words from the mouth of Blake Geoffrion – the grandson of Hab legend Boom – Boom Geoffrion and the great – grandson of Howie Morenz. The 23 year old brings size to Montreal at 6’2 and is known to give out great body checks when needed.

Should Geoffrion play 40 games in the 2012 – 13 NHL season with the parent club, the Canadiens will also send the Predators, a 2013-fifth round pick.

Gill was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2012.  The Predators are a Stanley Cup contender and Gill’s experience will help their cause.

The Habs are increasing their size. They shipped oft-injured Cammalleri to Calgary for Rene Bourque and with the addition of two more physical players in Geoffrion and Slaney, the days of the smurfs appear to be finished. Slaney is also 6’2 and a physical left winger. What ? The Habs made a trade and it did not involve a defenceman !

By adding Geoffrion – what better way than to silence the lack of french canadian players on the team by signing the bloodline of two of the greatest french canadian players in franchise history ?

Blake Geoffrion

Tres bien M. Gauthier …tres bien !

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  1. Chris Bellman

     /  March 7, 2012

    The U.S.S. Hal Gill going to help that stacked Predator team this spring. Poile really going for it giving Buffalo a first round pick for Gaustad. Impressive chutzpah by him. I think he knows Weber is skatin’ as soon as he goes UFA so they had better go for a Cup now. Rinne leading the league in wins, outstanding goalie.

    I personally do not think Geoffrion, Slaney or even the second round pick will ever amount to much for the Canadiens. Slaney a castaway of the Leafs, Preds and now with the Canadiens. High powered scorer in the Q. years back, but has not done much at the pro level. Geoffrion? Meh.

    The second round pick in 2013 only probably gives Montreal about the 40-50th best prospect in that year’s draft. Not much to get excited about there.

    I wish Hal Gill the very best of luck. He really did a job for the Canadiens during their stunning run for the roses in the glorious spring of 2010 – amazing they made it to the final four and he was a big part of that.


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