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Washington Capitals trade defenseman Brenden Dillon to Jets for draft picks

Apr 18, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) during the first period against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 18, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) during the first period against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Capitals shipped defenseman Brenden Dillon to the Winnipeg Jets on Monday, acquiring a pair of second-round picks.

In exchange for the 10-year veteran, the Jets sent the Capitals a second-rounder in both the 2022 and 2023 drafts.

Dillon, 30, was acquired by Washington in a trade with the San Jose Sharks in February 2020. The Jets will be his fourth team.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound blueliner posted two goals and 17 assists and was a plus-15 in 56 games last season. In 439 career contests, he has amassed 24 goals and 109 assists with the Dallas Stars (2011-12 to 2014-15), San Jose (2014-15 to 2019-20) and Washington (2019-20 to 2020-21).

In addition, the Capitals submitted qualifying offers to goaltender Ilya Samsonov and defenseman Lucas Johansen on Monday.

Samsonov, 24, is poised to be the team’s top goalie next season, and general manager Brian MacLellan is reportedly engaged in long-term contract talks with the Russia native.

Samsonov went 13-4-1 with a 2.69 goals-against average last season, his second in the league.

Johansen, 23, was Washington’s first-round pick (28th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft. He has yet to play an NHL game, spending the past four seasons with the AHL’s Hershey Bears.

–Field Level Media