By Lewis Gould
The struggling Capitals have traded for defenseman Brenden Dillon.
The deal with the San Jose Sharks before the Feb. 24 trade deadline will send a 2020 second round pick (from Colorado) and a conditional 2021 third-round pick to San Jose.
According to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, the condition of the third-round pick hinges on whether the Caps win the Stanley Cup. If the do win it all, Washington will give San Jose their third-round pick in 2020 (previously acquired in Andre Burakovsky trade) instead of their third-round pick in 2021.
As part of the deal, San Jose has agreed to retain 50 percent of Dillon’s expiring contract and salary cap hit.
“Brenden is an experienced defenseman who plays a solid defensive game with a high compete level and physicality,” said general manager Brian MacLellan. “We felt it was important for us to add a player of his caliber to our defensive group.”
Dillon will join a Caps squad that’s struggled as of late, losing six of their last 10 games. Defense is large part of their downturn. Over their last 20 games, the Caps have let in four goals or more goals nine times.