Well it’s officially official. Hal Gill has been moved. In the worst kept secret since the Winter Classic, the Canadiens moved the lumbering defenseman to Nashville, of all places, for a pick and two prospects.
At first I found this move a bit curious. I thought the Predators would be looking to sell a defenseman rather than to buy. However, it could be a precursor to a big move by them, or they could just be looking to lessen the burden on Suter and Weber. Time will tell, but I’m not getting into that now.
What I want to do is put this trade in perspective for the Flyer fans who were wondering about acquiring Gill’s services.
The Canadiens received Blake Geoffrion, prospect Robert Slaney, and a second-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The Predators got Gill, a conditional fifth-round selection in 2013, and a colonoscopy scheduled next Tuesday after they took it up the keister on this one.
I know Predators GM David Poile wants to show he is committed to winning. But overpaying for a parking cone like Gill isn’t going to help.
Here is a little background on the pieces involved:
|Geoffrion is an excellent two-way forward that combines of size, power and energy. He thrives on the physical side of the game and can often be found delivering some very solid checks. Geoffrion is an outstanding skater with good agility, and power in his strides. He possesses very good hockey sense and on-ice vision.
He utilizes his 6’2 frame quite effectively, particularly along the boards and in one-on-one situations. He is sound defensively as well. He’ll drive to the net hard and shown a willingness to go into the difficult areas to make the play. Geoffrion possesses a very hard shot and can get pucks to the net. While Geoffrion possesses good puck skills, he could stand to shoot the puck more often.
|A character forward with good size, Slaney displays strong puck possession skills. His big body is able to shield the puck efficiently and open up space for teammates. He leads by example with a strong work ethic and is a team player.
Dead in a week.
Here is your perspective; It would be like the Philadelphia Flyers trading a beefier Harry Zolnierczyk, an older Eric Wellwood, AND a second-round selection for Hal effin’ Gill. Yeah.
Now, don’t get me wrong, Hal Gill is a solid defenseman. And he would have been a solid addition, but at most he should have commanded a second-round pick and maybe a third as well. Instead, Montreal got a second, plus a solid prospect in Geoffrion.
Yesterday the Flyers acquired Nicklas Grossman for a second-round pick in the 2012 Draft, and third-round pick in the 2013 Draft. Grossman is 9-years younger, and makes $600,000 LESS than Gill. Just some food for thought to those of you who were dead set on Homer taking a run at Gill. I, for one, am glad things went down the way they did.
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Until next time, LETS GO FLYERS!!!
And thank you, Holmgren.
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