In a move that shocks no one, the Sharks traded defenseman Brenden Dillon to the Washington Capitals in exchange for a 2nd round pick and 3rd round pick. The Sharks will retain 50 percent of Dillon’s cap hit, $1.635.000. In the event Washington wins the Stanley Cup, the Capitals will give the Sharks Arizona’s 3rd round pick in 2020 instead of Washington’s 3rd round pick in 2021.
This is no doubt tough news for the popular defenseman who broke down during postgame comments following a 5-3 loss to the Florida Panthers on President’s Day when asked about the possibility of it being his last game as a Sharks at SAP Center.
Could have been his last interview with the #SJSharks in San Jose.
Brenden Dillon has always been a pro’s pro. ⤵️
— Brodie Brazil (@BrodieNBCS) February 18, 2020
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has acquired a 2020 second round draft selection (Colorado’s, previously acquired by Washington) and a third round draft selection in either 2020 or 2021 from the Washington Capitals in exchange for defenseman Brenden Dillon.
“Brenden Dillon has been a leader on and off the ice for our team for the past four-plus seasons,” said Wilson. “Few players in Sharks history have displayed the class and character that Brenden exudes, and he and his fiancée Emma, will be missed. However, because of where we find ourselves in the standings this season, it’s imperative that we look towards acquiring assets for the future.”
Acquired by the Sharks on Nov. 21, 2014 from the Dallas Stars, Dillon has appeared in 439 games with San Jose, posting 88 points (13 goals, 75 assists) and 379 penalty minutes. Amongst Sharks defensemen all-time, he ranks ninth in games played and seventh in penalty minutes.
He also appeared in 60 Stanley Cup Playoff games with San Jose, which ranks eighth all-time, posting nine assists.
In 588 NHL games with Dallas and San Jose, he has notched 114 points (22 goals, 92 goals) and 552 penalty minutes.