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We have a trade to announce: Gilbert to Wild, Schultz to Oilers

Feb 27, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

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The Oilers and Wild have swapped defensemen, Edmonton sending Tom Gilbert to Minnesota for Nick Schultz.

Gilbert, a Minnesota native, is signed for two more seasons with a cap hit of $4 million. He registered a career-high 45 points in 2008-09 and obviously the Wild are hoping he can provide more offense than the recently departed Marek Zidlicky.

Schultz, a 2000 draft pick of the Wild and the franchise’s leader in games played (743), is signed for two more seasons with a cap hit of $3.5 million. He’s a defensive defenseman headed to a team that ranks 22nd in goals-against average.

Overall both teams address concerns – Minnesota needs to create more offense from its back end and Edmonton needs to shore things up defensively.

That said, the news still took Minnesota forward Cal Clutterbuck by surprise.

“It’s shocking,” Clutterbuck said, as per the StarTribune. “He’s what this organization is all about. Has been for 10 years.”

  1. rz84 - Feb 27, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Great pick up for the oilers. Needed a gritty, stay at home d man type of player like Schultz. Good luck Tommie!

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      Gritty???? You can’t be serious. I think you mean soft and lacks size, also doesn’t move the puck that well anymore… yes he stays at home but that really doesn’t warrant his salary any longer. Great clubhouse guy in Schultz but I don’t see why the Oil traded Gilbert away for Schultz. You can fill that role in the offseason for half the cost

      Good trade for both teams if this is what Edmonton needs but I would give the edge to the Wild.

  2. greatminnesotasportsmind - Feb 27, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    The most under rated part of this trade is Tom Gilbert. It has nothing to do this season, but in summer. Gilbert played youth hockey with Zach Parise. Gilbert played college hockey with Ryan Suter. Coincidence the Wild will have interest in signing both??

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