EDMONTON, CANADA - NOV. 30: Tom Gilbert #77 of the Edmonton Oilers takes a break during the third period in his game against the Minnesota Wild at Rexall Place on Nov. 30, 2011, in Edmonton, Canada. The Wild defeated the Oilers 3-2 in the shootout. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Oilers and Wild pulled off a swap of defensemen on NHL Trade Deadline day, trading Tom Gilbert to Nick Schultz.
Both defenseman are 29 years old. Gilbert has two years remaining on his deal at $4 million per season against the salary cap, while Schultz's contract is the same length but hits the cap at $3.5 million per season.
Gilbert has been one of Edmonton's top defensemen this season, logging heavy minutes on their No. 1 pairing. Schultz is in the same mold, but they bring different skill sets to the table. Gilbert is more of a puck mover who can chip in offensively, putting up 17 points, thus far, on the year with the Oilers. Schultz is more of a defensive defenseman.
According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Oilers tweeted confirmation of the deal before the Wild had a chance to inform Schultz that he'd been traded.
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