The Nashville Predators acquired defenseman Hal Gill and a 2013 7th round pick from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forwards Blake Geoffrion and Robert Slaney and a 2012 2nd round pick.
For the Nashville Predators, they acquired a strong, physical, defensive minded defenseman in Hal Gill. He won the Stanley Cup in 2009 with the Pittsburgh Penguins so he also brings experience and leadership. Gill gives the Predators great depth on the blue line that features stars Shea Weber and Ryan Suter, along with Ryan Ellis. The Predators may now possess the deepest and strongest defensive unit in the entire league. They’ll need this as they play in the Western Conference, a conference known for their depth of scorers and talented rosters. This may be the one piece to the puzzle they’ve been looking for that will put them over the top.
For the Montreal Canadiens, they acquire two talented young players and a high draft pick. The Canadiens are only six points out of the playoff picture so they have a few options to think over. They can keep the prospects and pick and have a small rebuild after the season. Or they can try to package them to acquire a player that can help them this season to get into the playoffs and do some damage once they get there. Rumors have it that they have already shopped either Geoffrion or the 2nd round pick they gained in today’s trade.
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