Monday, February 27, 2012

Gilbert for Schultz

2011/2012 Stats2012July 1st Details
To MinnesotaPosAgeGPGAPCap HitYearsCap Hit
Tom GilbertD294731417$4m2$4m
To EdmontonPosAgeGPGAPCap HitYearsCap Hit
Nick SchultzD3062123$3.5m2$3.5m

A deal that has some long-term plans attached to it, on both sides, as the Minnesota Wild acquired offensive defenseman Tom Gilbert from the Edmonton Oilers for defensive defenseman Nick Schultz.

The Wild are seemingly trying to find ways to create some more offense from the back end around the trade deadline, acquiring Kurtis Foster from the Devils earlier and now Gilbert from the Oilers.  If the Wild can make that move into the playoffs, they may finally have some real help to do so.  Gilbert hasn't been great for the Oilers this year, but the Oilers haven't been great and it cost them a little bit of defense to get some offense.

For the Oilers, one of the biggest things missing in their line-up is defensive responsibility.  I think they have a lot of faith in Devan Dubnyk, but it is certainly questionable as to whether or not Dubnyk has a lot of faith in his defense.  The acquisition of Schultz can go a long way to helping that situation out, not to mention help some of the younger kids improve and have a bit more faith that if they lose the puck in the offensive zone, they'll have more help behind them.

ImplicationsGilbert belongs to Wes M. in the draft this year, but there is little to no impact on the money, as Wes sits down in 20th spot on Monday.

Both defenders are on the sheet, Gilbert is in Box 11, near the bottom of that box's scoring, while Schultz is at the bottom of the Box 12 scoring layout.  No impact here either.

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