February 17, 2012

Mass. native, former Bruin Gill traded to Predators

By Jesse Connolly

With his club sitting eight points out of a playoff spot, Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier has made it apparent that Montreal will be sellers at this year's NHL trade deadline. 

The Habs first significant move came on Friday afternoon, as Hal Gill (Bolton, Mass.) was traded along with a conditional fifth-round pick to Nashville in exchange for Blake Geoffrion, forward Robert Slaney and a second-round pick in 2012. 

Gill, an alternate captain for the Canadiens, was in his third year with the club, having signed in Montreal as a free agent in the summer of 2009. He had eight points in 53 contests. The Bay State native played in the 1,000th NHL game of his career in October.

The 6-foot-7 defenseman spent the first eight seasons of his NHL career with the hometown Bruins. Gill suited up for 626 games for the Black and Gold, recording 97 points and a plus-41 rating. Gill has 179 points in 1,047 career games for Boston, Toronto, Pittsburgh and Montreal.

Geoffrion, the key part of the return for Montreal, is the son of former Canadien Danny Geoffrion and Habs legend Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion.

Selected 56th overall by the Predators in 2006, the Florida native has 11 points in 42 career contests at the NHL level. He had nine points in 20 games for Nashville's AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals, this season.