Habs fan here...Hal Gill is a warrior in the playoffs. Good shut down PK defenseman, big reason why Habs PK is tops in league. Clears the front of the net and blocks shots. Good mentor for young defensemen. Diaz paired with Gill has overachived and Subban last year was better when he was paired with Gill.
We will never see Slaney, he is a throw in.
Geoffrion wasnt gonna cut it for us. Hes getting surpassed by players like Spaling, Halischuk, Bourque, Beck, Latta, Watson, ETC.... And you know Montreal was trying hard for him. Its sad to see Blake go for what he has done for the State and that memorable game last year. But he wasnt gonna be more than a 4th line grinder for us. And his game this year was a definite set back.
The more I think about it the more I would like to see Klein and Josi stay together, and Hill play with Ellis. The size difference would be hilarious, but it would allow Trotz to use Hall heavily on the PK and he could still toss him out there on a quick change on the road if he doesn't like the match up.
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Gill is one of the main reasons why our PK has been excellent so far this year. He provides great leadership and mentorship to young players. He's the kind of player you want going into the playoffs, if his minutes are limited, he will be effective.
He will get beat on the outside quite often because of his lack of mobility, he's the true definition of a pylon sometimes and has no offensive game whatsoever. But thanks to his experience he will handle his minutes effectively and make the right play more often then not.