The Washington Capitals, who lead the NHL standings, acquired veteran defenseman Tom Gilbert from the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday in exchange for a conditional fifth-round draft pick in 2017.
Washington gave the Kings a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft in order to pick up Gilbert’s services. Los Angeles will retain 20 percent of Gilbert’s salary worth $1.12 million for this season. Gilbert had played 18 games, scoring one goal and adding four assists for the Kings while averaging 15:27 of ice-time per-contest. He also held a minus-5.45 adjusted 5-on-5 CF%, meaning the Kings held onto the puck less when Gilbert was on the ice than when he was on the bench.
Gilbert had been with the team’s AHL affiliate, the Ontario Reign, since Feb. 2 where he played five games and notched one assist. Los Angeles signed Gilbert to a one-year contract in the offseason. After the trade, the Capitals announced they had assigned Gilbert to the AHL’s Hershey Bears.
Adding Gilbert opt the team will bring his experience from being in the NHL for so long and having experience from playing in the playoffs. This is good for the Caps because it wont burn their wallets with $2,913,949 still, and the Kings it will reduce the cap space of the Kings to $6,990,456.