NHL Trade Deadline: Nashville Predators Acquire Veteran Defenseman Hal Gill

NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 02: David Clarkson #23 of the New Jersey Devils moves around Hal Gill #75 of the Montreal Canadiens at the Prudential Center on February 2, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Ryan O'LearySenior Analyst IFebruary 17, 2012

According to a Nashville Predators press release, the Preds and Montreal Canadiens have reached a deal that sends Blake Geoffrion, Robert Slaney and a second-round pick in 2012 to Montreal for Hal Gill, 10 days before the official Feb. 27 trade deadline.

Gill, 36, had eight points and a minus-seven rating in 53 games for the Canadiens this season. Nashville is Gill's fifth career stop, accumulating 179 points and a plus-40 rating in 14 NHL seasons. 

"Hal Gill brings our team a number of elements—size, penalty-killing ability, depth on defense and playoff experience,” GM David Poile said in a team release.

Gill was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2007-08 trade deadline as well.

The Predators also received a conditional fifth round pick in 2013.

Heading to Montreal is forward Blake Geoffrion, a University of Wisconsin product who was a highly touted prospect in the Predators organization, but largely failed to produce. Geoffrion has just 11 points in 42 NHL games.

The deal potentially tips Nashville's hand regarding prized defensemen Ryan Suter and Shea Weber. One of the two is likely to be dealt, and grabbing Gill makes that possibility imminent. Gill is in the last year of his deal, which is a $2.25 million cap hit for the Predators, compared to $3.5 million for Suter and $7.5 million for Weber.

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