Jets acquire defenceman Brenden Dillon from Capitals for pair of 2nd-rounds picks

The Winnipeg Jets have added defenceman Brenden Dillon to their squad.

The Jets acquired the 30-year-old blueliner from the Washington Capitals on Monday in exchange for two second-round draft picks, one in 2022 and another in 2023.

Dillon, six-foot-four 220 pounds, made his NHL debut with the Dallas Stars in the 2011-12 season and became a full-time player with them two seasons later after splitting time in the American Hockey League.

The New Westminster, B.C., native has played 654 career regular-season games with Dallas, San Jose and Washington, recording 24 goals and 133 points.

He has also suited up in 75 playoff games, reaching the Stanley Cup Final with the Sharks in 2016 before falling to the champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

Dillon is going into the second year of a four-year contract that carries an annual average value of $3.9 million US.

The 30-year-old scored one goal in eight games while representing Canada at the 2013 hockey World Championships.

Earlier on Monday, the Jets announced that they have agreed to a one-year, $3.75 million US deal with forward Paul Stastny, who was set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. 

The Capitals submitted qualifying offers to goaltender Ilya Samsonov and defenceman Lucas Johansen on Monday.

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