Good morning, Insiders. The Kings made a small trade on Wednesday morning, sending veteran defenseman Tom Gilbert, who had played five games in Ontario, registering one assist, to the Washington Capitals in exchange for a conditional fifth round draft pick. Via Stephen Whyno, there is a high bar for the conditions to be met.
Gilbert cleared waivers earlier this month. Capitals will send Kings 5th-rounder if he plays in 50+% of playoffs and they win 2+ rounds.
— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) February 15, 2017
Gilbert, who put up one goal and five points in 18 games with Los Angeles, was waived on February 1 and assigned to Ontario one day later. He will report to Hershey, Washington’s AHL affiliate.
Signed to a one-year, $1.4-million contract on July 1 while the Kings dealt with questions surrounding Matt Greene’s ability to return from injury and the readiness of some young defensive depth, Gilbert was also brought on to provide a veteran right-handed shot from the blue line. He had played only one of the team’s final 17 games prior to getting waived on February 1.