Gill joins the Predators.

Reporter L.A. Lariviere reports the Montreal Canadiens have traded defenseman Hal Gill  to the Nashville Predators. Details to follow….

UPDATE: The Canadiens acquire minor league forwards Blake Geoffrion and Rob Slaney, plus a second round pick in 2012. The Predators also receive a conditional fifth round pick in 2013.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And with that, Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier officially runs up the white flag on the season and moves into “sell” mode. It’s a decent return for Gill, though it remains to be seen if Geoffrion (grandson of Habs legend “Boom-Boom” Geoffrion) and/or Slaney eventually make the Habs. Certainly more than I expected they could get, as I believed the most the Habs might get was a third rounder for Gill. The Predators have gained more experienced blueline depth, but it remains to be seen if they’ll add another scoring forward. And no, I don’t see this as a precursor to trading Ryan Suter or Shea Weber at the trade deadline.