Capitals Acquire Tom Gilbert from Los Angeles

Tom Gilbert, Juan Ocampo/National Hockey League/Getty Images

The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Tom Gilbert from the Los Angeles Kings for future considerations, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Gilbert will report to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. 

Many had surmised the Capitals were looking to add a left-handed defenseman, for depth in the playoffs, however, MacLellan decided to go with a right-hander in the end.

Gilbert cleared waivers on February 2nd, and was assigned to Ontario (AHL). Gilbert, 34, had 1 goal, 4 assists in 18 games with LA this season. Gilbert had 1 assist in 5 games with Ontario (AHL). This is a much-needed addition for a Hershey blue line that has been hurting since Bowey’s injury.

The Capitals didn’t really have any defensmen in their system with significant NHL experience. Gilbert gives them that insurance beyond their top 7.

Gilbert will wear #6 for the Capitals and #77 for the Bears.

Gilbert, 34, registered five points (one goal, four assists) in 18 games with the Kings this season. In addition, Gilbert collected an assist in five games with the Ontario Reign of the AHL.

Originally a fourth-round selection (129th overall) by Colorado at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Gilbert has played 11 seasons in the NHL with Montreal, Florida, Minnesota, Edmonton and Los Angeles.

In 655 career regular season games he has 223 points (45 goals, 178 assists) and 198 penalty minutes. Fourteen of his 45 career regular season goals have been scored on the power-play. In 17 career Stanley Cup playoff games, Gilbert has five points (two goals, three assists) and 16 penalty minutes.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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