Strong 2 way player and good size(6'3"). Was signed by Toronto a couple years back as a Fa after his 20 year old season, I think he has struggled as a pro from what I recall, mostly ECHL with a bit of AHL...was in the Lombardi-Franson trade.
Born Oct 13 1988 -- Upper Island Cove, NFLD
Height 6.02 -- Weight 203 -- Shoots L
I saw Slaney play last night. I'm sorry to see him leave the Cyclones. He plays with energy and enthusiasm and has started to develop a very nice scoring touch.
He's certainly got AHL potential. He skates well enough and has finally developed some finishing abilities.
I wouldn't expect him to be anything but organizational depth for the Canadiens. But, I never in my wildest dreams expected Greg Stewart or Frederic St. Denis to make it up to the NHL. For comparison sakes, Slaney is much more skilled than Stewart (I know that Greg didn't set too high of a bar), but has not shown any inclination for regularly fighting. He does not, however, shy away from other physical play-he willingly gives and takes checks and goes into traffic areas.
If he does get to the NHL, it will almost certainly be as a 4th line energy player. I hope he does. Seemed like a nice kid with a really good team-oriented attitude.
Well I think Nashville has set the going price for depth acquisitions for teams looking to strengthen for a playoff run. I am pleased we could get a 2nd round pick for Gill, but I do not comprehend everyone's elation over Geoffrion and Slaney.
Geoffrion was a 2nd round pick himself (#56 overall), but has registered only 11 career points. He has 3 assists this year in just over 20 games. Not much of a physical player. I don't get the hype aside from people trying to re-live the glory of his last name.
Nice trade, but not a "steal" or huge overpayment as many are portraying.
Nashville fills a specific need here with Gill, and kudos to any team who targets and addresses exactly what they need.
I remember how the majority of fans in Montreal HATED the Hal Gill acquisiton when we signed him 3 summers ago. I am proud to say I liked the move at the time, and liked the acquisition more and more as he continued to play with the Habs.
Good luck Hal Gill. You are one of the classiest, "good guys" in the league. Thanks for the leadership, heart, and grooming you provided for us.
Anyway, Danny said he is “ecstatic” for Blake. He also wanted to iterate that Nashville had been “nothing but first class” to his family. But Danny, as a parent and father, would have liked his son to have had a better chance with the Predators. This is what he said.
“This is not coming from Blake, this is coming from me. I’m a little bit disappointed. I really don’t think the Predators got to see everything Blake has to offer. He played on the fourth line the whole time he was there because that’s the role he was given — was the fourth line shut down guy, which is fine, because that is what he was under the impression of that is what he was supposed to do. I don’t think he realized he was expected to produce on that fourth line.”
“This is just my opinion that I wish he had gotten a little bit of a better chance, maybe this trade helps the Predators as they’re trying to make a run, and helps Blake.”
Hal was awesome on the penalty kill... But was really not very good anywhere else. A good locker room voice...
But MAN what a return! That is some interesting return coming our way.
Blake hasnt had enough pro experience to really get a whole lot of flack now. He did his 4 years in one of the top 2-3 best NCAA programs out there.
He had some promise last year, but the development tapered off some. I remember Patches had something similar (granted a bit younger, as Patches never did his entire 4 yrs) in his second year before really taking off in the third.
I dont write off lil boomer yet. Optimistically speaking, I can easily envision him pulling a D'ago next year. Espescially being in the city like this one. I mean, I cant see how this could not be encouraging for the prospect.
He may not be a superstar, but If he can fill in a regular solid 2/3 line role, I'd be ecstatic. He's a bit away from it now... But, time will tell.. I KNOW I'll be rooting for the kid.
Slaney, funnilly enough is my mother's friend's nephew (not saying anything, just a six degree of seperation scenario. I never talked TO the kid or anything). But what I do know of him is that he has willed himself to the level he's at now... He's taken the hard route to pro hockey, and personally, I hope he can do it as well..
I do like the 2 prospect's coming our way... They may be thro in's, but they are intriguing at least.
@Craig71 How are we getting bigger ? We just gave up a 6'7 defenseman ?
Do you have any idea how small our D is now ?
Blake will be probably in Hamilton ! Please explain ?
Just want to point out that a big body doesn't really mean ANYTHING if he doesn't use it effectively. Gill never really hit, he obviously never fought, he didn't play an agitator or grinder role either. All his size really did for us was help him take up half the ice when he lay on it during the penalty kill.
Don't get me wrong, Gill was probably the main reason we are number 1 in the league on the PK, but his big body really doesn't mean anything if he never used it.
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