Capitals acquire defenseman Brenden Dillon in trade with Sharks

Capitals trade for Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon
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By 106.7 The Fan

The Capitals announced the acquisition of defenseman Brenden Dillon in a trade with the San Jose Sharks Tuesday.

The deal comes less than a week out from the NHL's Feb. 24 trade deadline. The Caps 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.

More details on the Dillon trade: In the event Washington wins the Stanley Cup then the Caps will give San Jose Arizona's 3rd RD pick in 2020 instead of Washington 3rd RD pick in 2021

— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 18, 2020

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." 

dilly dillyhttps://t.co/rXJ0OBH7T3 pic.twitter.com/L7GxZcj2Ik

— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) February 18, 2020

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.

Dillon was emotional in his postgame interview Monday, in what turned out to be his final game as a Shark.

Brenden Dillon got emotional when asked if this was possibly his last game as a Shark. pic.twitter.com/7yBJd0UKKy

— Sharks on NBCS (@NBCSSharks) February 17, 2020