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Game 59: Habs/Sabres

  • Update: Hal Gill and a conditional 5th Round Pick have been dished to Nashville for Blake Geoffrion, Robert Slaney, and a 2nd Round pick in the 2012 draft.

    I have to say – I’m on cloud 9 about this trade.

    The Habs get the 2nd round pick that I was hoping Gill would bring + a fourth generation Canadien in Geoffrion, and Robert Slaney who will provide depth at the AHL level.

    The conditional 5th round pick depends on whether or not Geoffrion plays 40 NHL games next season.

    When Gill was signed by the Habs in that fateful summer, I was dead against the move. Since then I’ve lamented his lack of speed and physicality – but noone can question the effect that he had on grooming both PK Subban and Josh Gorges into professional hockey players. His effect on the ice was as a leader, and I can only speculate on what it meant to the team to have such a grounding and consistent leader in the locker room.

    Getting two prospects plus the second round pick is awesome. Hopefully Gill will be able to make a deep playoff this run with Nashville. I think its a great pickup for that team.

    Two teams at the bottom of the Eastern Conference will battle it out tonight for the pride of being in 14th place in the East. Buffalo has been fairly terrible of late, especially so last evening when they were blown out 7-2 by the Philadelphia Flyers. Montreal rolls into Buffalo fresh off of a tough OT loss to the Bruins in which they played very well for stretches, but couldn’t ultimately score in a shootout. Quelle surprise!

    Two of the teams who were reported to have interest in impending UFAs on the Habs roster made moves with other organizations last night.  San Jose made a deal with Tampa Bay for Dominic Moore and a 7th round pick. San Jose will give Tampa Minnesota’s 2nd round pick in the upcoming draft. As a result of this trade – the outcome does not look good that Travis Moen will end up in SJ.

    Philadelphia meanwhile, a team that was reported to have interest in Hal Gill, picked up a guy who I think MTL should target in the off-season – Niklas Grossman from the Dallas Stars. Grossman earned the stars 2nd (2012) and 3rd round (2013) picks, which is a decent haul for an impending UFA. Grossman is a big guy who plays physically who is essentially tailor made for Philadelphia. Daren Dreger reported that Philly is still looking for another defender – implying that Hal Gill might be the best fit. The question is – for what? The Flyers are running out of picks, and it is highly unlikely that they will part with a prospect of any note for a short term UFA like Gill.

    It seems as though Montreal’s most rumored trading partners are suddenly not great fits.

    Go Habs Go!!!

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