By now you’ve already heard the news that defenceman Hal Gill has been traded to the Nashville Predators along with a conditional fifth round draft pick in 2013 in exchange for forwards Blake Geoffrion and Robert Slaney, as well as a second round draft pick in 2012.
My initial reaction was sadness and a puzzled look on my face, never having heard of the two forwards the Canadiens acquired (okay, maybe I live under a rock sometimes).
After some quick research and more thought, I couldn’t be more thrilled.
With Gill being an unrestricted free agent, it was only a matter of time before something had to happen with him.
As my step dad predicted last week, he was traded.
It makes sense, seeing as we either would have lost him for no return or would have had to shell out the big bucks to keep him in town.
In return we pick up two young forwards who are 6’2″; one whom bleeds bleu-blanc-rouge and has Bernie “Boom-Boom” Geoffrion and Howie Morenz running through his veins, the other is a good Canadian boy.
According to the current roster on Canadiens.com, 19 of 25 players listed are over 6’0″ and 15 of them weigh in at 200 pounds or more.
For a team that’s been criticized for lacking in size all season long, those are certainly big numbers.
With only seven players over the age of 30 on the Habs roster, it’s looks like the beginning of a great future in Montreal.
Okay, here’s the part where the girly hockey fan in me shines through so close your eyes for two seconds boys.
By adding Gill to their line up, the Preds continue to bolster their roster of “sexiest NHL players.” To be fair, we still have a number of stunners on our team a la Josh Gorges, Carey Price and Max Pacioretty to name a few.
Okay, girl comments are done, you can start reading again guys.
What we gain:
As I already mentioned the biggest trade off is return on a UFA in size and youth. Geoffrion played 22 game with Nashville this season, where he earned three assists. In 20 AHL games he has two goals and seven assists. He was awarded the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, as the Top U.S. Collegiate Player in 2010
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!!! -@BlakeGeoffrion on Twitter
Slaney has split the season between the AHL and the ECHL. He has one assist in nine AHL games, and eight goals and five assists in 23 ECHL games.
Want to thank everyone in Nashville for everything, and excited for a new start in Montreal!
#newbeginnings -@rslaney67 on Twitter
What we lose:
A veteran defenceman with a wealth of playoff experience, strong penalty-killing ability and depth.
As sad as I still am to see Big Hal depart for Nashville, I am excited for the future generation of Montreal Canadiens.
They may not be having the best season this year, but neither were the Ottawa Senators last year and look at them now.
“We are also very pleased to have acquired a second-round draft selection in 2012 and two young prospects for our organization. We look forward to working together with Blake Geoffrion and Robert Slaney to continue their progression.” -Canadiens GM, Pierre Gauthier
This time, I’d like to give PG a pat on the back for a good trade.