Cap­i­tals ac­quire de­fence­man Gil­bert from L.A. Kings

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

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.

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