Gilbert reached a deal with the Nuremberg Ice Tigers of Germany's DEL on Friday, theScore reports. Gilbert's racked up the frequent flyer miles over the years, as he's been associated with seven different NHL organizations. His final appearance at hockey's highest level came with the Kings last season, and he made a brief run with AHL Ontario before skipping over to Washington's minor-league affiliate in Hershey. A mobile minute-munching defenseman in his heyday, Gilbert's NHL career included 198 points (45 goals, 178 assists) in 655 games.
The Kings traded Gilbert to the Capitals on Wednesday for a conditional fifth-round draft pick in 2017, and he'll start out with AHL Hershey. The low-end defenseman was waived by the Kings at the beginning of February, so it's a bit curious that the Caps didn't bid for his services at that time. At any rate, the 11th-year journeyman won't be taken seriously in the fantasy realm given that he's shaping up to be a minor-league depth option.
Gilbert was placed on waivers Wednesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. Gilbert has cracked the lineup a mere 18 times this season, including making just one appearance in the Kings' last 17 outings. Unsurprisingly, the defender was waived and will likely be reassigned to AHL Ontario if he clears. Without any additional blue line depth, Los Angeles will likely call up another player unless Matt Greene (undisclosed) is ready to be activated off IR.
Gilbert hasn't dressed in 11 straight contests and has seen action in just nine of the Kings' last 20 games since returning from a three-game suspension in November. Gilbert's tallied just five points (a goal and four assists) in 17 games this season as he's struggled to separate himself from a group of depth blueliners in the Kings' bottom pair. There's little reason to expect any more production given his current role.
Gilbert has served his three game suspension, and is eligible to return to the Kings' lineup for Thursday's game against the Canadiens, TSN 690's Amanda Stein reports. Kings coach Darryl Sutter declined to confirm whether Gilbert would be in the lineup for Thursday's tilt, indicating the 33-year-old blueliner may end up being a healthy scratch for the contest. The 2002 fourth-round pick has been a solid contributor for the Kings this season, notching three assists in eight games while averaging 2:04 of ice time on the man advantage.
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