The Winnipeg Jets have traded two second round picks for defenceman Brendan Dillon. As someone who does not usually watch the Washington Capitals play, I have no thoughts on the move at the moment, but it should be noted that turning magic beans into a player can be a good thing.
Brenden Dillon traded to the Winnipeg Jets for two 2nd round picks.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 27, 2021
On the salary cap front, Dillon is signed for three more years including next season at a salary cap hit of $3 900 000. His contract is moveable though as he makes less than his cap hit after his bonuses are paid.
The trade itself: it is hard to say if this is a good move. The salary cap is a flat cap right now and that means that there is no expanding space for the Jets (or any team) to play with. They still have two key contracts to work out with Neal Pionk and Andrew Copp as well as Logan Stanley to re-sign and finding a backup goalie. That doesn’t seem like a long list, but that $17 million has just gone down to $13 million to do all those things. This hopefully spells the end of Derek Forbort whose name constantly sounded like Thorburn on the broadcast.
Free agency starts on Wednesday.