The Canadiens acquire Blake Geoffrion, 2012 2nd- round pick and prospect Robert Slaney from the Nashville Predators. Montreal gave up Hal Gill and a conditional 2013 5th- round draft pick. Blake Geoffrion is the grandson of NHL great Bernard (Boom Boom) Geoffrion. However, Blake will have to wait to put on a Canadiens jersey because he has been assigned to the Hamilton.
With today’s trade of Gill, who might I add is one of the Canadiens best shot blockers and essential to their penalty kill, it seems to me like the beginning of a rebuild. With so many contracts ending on July 1st the Canadiens have to decide which direction they are going in. There are rumors that Andrei Kostitsyn, Travis Moen and possibly Chris Campoli will be traded before the deadline.
The Canadiens playoff hopes are slipping away with every loss but it seems to me that Pierre Gauthier is just throwing in the towel. This season will likely be Gauthier’s last season as general manager and he is making sure he rips this team apart piece by piece before he goes.
When you trade a veteran like Hal Gill you lose leadership and stability. The Canadiens seem to be in chaos this season with everything that has been happening. A team like the Montreal Canadiens, who has so much history and charisma should not be dismantled this way.
If you need to get rid of players get rid of someone like Scott Gomez or Tomas Kaberle. Gomez has 2 goals in a year and his game has lacked energy and spontaneity. Kaberle has lacked in every aspect of the game. He was brought in to help on the powerplay but he never shoots. The Canadiens need players that are willing to go out night after night and play to the best of their ability. Everyone has bad games but these guys are having bad seasons. We can’t afford to have them taking up a spot on the bench and not playing to win.