Capitals acquire defenceman Gilbert from L.A. Kings
WASHINGTON - The Washington Capitals added some insurance on their blue line Wednesday ahead of the NHL trade deadline by acquiring Tom Gilbert from the Los Angeles Kings for a conditional draft pick. Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan announced the deal with the team on its bye week. Los Angeles retains 20 per cent of Gilbert’s $1.4 million salary and cap hit in the deal, which hinges on Washington’s playoff success and Gilbert’s involvement. The Kings get a 2017 fifth-round pick if the Capitals win two or more playoff rounds and Gilbert plays in 50 per cent or more of those games. If those conditions are not met, Washington won’t send anything to Los Angeles The 34-year-old Gilbert has one goal and four assists in 18 NHL games with the Kings this season. He cleared waivers earlier this month and was sent to the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League.