Habs' Gill dealt to Nashville
|Hal Gill. (BEN PELOSSE/QMI Agency)
MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens traded veteran defenceman Hal Gill to the Nashville Predators on Friday for two players and two draft picks.
The Canadiens got forwards Blake Geoffrion and Robert Slaney as well as a 2012 second-round pick and a conditional fifth-rounder in 2013.
Gill, 36, was slated to become an unrestricted free agent following this season.
He had attracted interest from several NHL teams as the Feb. 27 trade deadline approached.
Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylmsa had mentioned that Gill was an indispensable on-ice and locker-room presence when his team won the 2009 Stanley Cup.
Gill, of Concord, Mass., has played in 1,047 regular-season games and 105 playoff games during the past 15 seasons -- more than any other player on the Predators roster.
The 6-foot-7, 240-pounder had one goal, seven assists and 29 penalty minutes for the Canadiens this season.
Slaney, 23, has 11 goals and eight assists in 39 games this season with Cincinnati of the ECHL and Milwaukee of the AHL.
Geoffrion, 24, the grandson of Canadiens legend Boom Boom Geoffrion, had no goals and three assists in 22 games with the Predators this season and two goals and seven assists in 20 games with Milwaukee of the AHL.