Caps make two trades

Dane Gibson has been traded from the Capitals to the Victoria Grizzlies for defenceman Jacob Kearly. - Andrew Leong/file
Dane Gibson has been traded from the Capitals to the Victoria Grizzlies for defenceman Jacob Kearly.
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The Caps have traded one of their top returning scorers.

But it was a price they were willing to pay to acquire an anchor for their blueline.

Dane Gibson has been shipped by the team to the Victoria Grizzlies in exchange for the rights to a burly defenceman from Ontario.

Jacob Kearley, 19, joins the Capitals after a year of BCHL experience with the Victoria Grizzlies. In 57 games, he accumulated 26 points (6g-20a) along with 46 penalty minutes. Kearley added another eight points (4g-4a) in 16 playoff games with the Grizzlies last season.

The team believes he will give them an offensive upside in addition to size and grit with a 6'4", 220 pound frame.

"We are extremely pleased to add Jacob to our D-core," said coach Bob Beatty. There aren't many players that have the combination of skill, size, and character that this young man has."

Gibson had a career year this past season with the Capitals collecting 53 points (20g-33a) in 57 games to sit second in team scoring and goals, while leading the Capitals with nine power play goals.

"We would like to thank Dane Gibson for his contribution over the past two years and wish him continued personal success," said Beatty.

Meanwhile, Gbson's former linemate is also making a move.

Mason Malkowich, a 20-year-old graduated forward has committed to playing to Brock University this fall.

Malkowich finished his junior career by compiling 33 points skating on the Capitals top line last year.

"I'm excited to go down there and pursue my education and play hockey at a high level," said Malkowich in a media release. "It was my goal from day one in junior hockey to obtain something like this that included me playing hockey and I'm glad it's at a school like Brock University."

And the moves didn't stop there.

Forward Alex Bechtold, 20, is now a Capital, along with future considerations. He was acquired from the Drumheller Dragons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League in exchange for Clint Filbrandt.

The gritty 6'1, 206 pound forward had a career-high 23 points (10g-13a) this past season with Drumheller and added an additional 12 points (5g-7a) in 13 playoff games, tied for fourth for the team lead in playoff scoring.

"Alex is a big, strong, power forward and he's an extremely hard working player that is excited to join the club," Beatty said. "He is developing a reputation of being a big game player and we are excited to add him to our group."

Filbrandt appeared in 22 games with the Capitals this past season after being acquired from Penticton in the Steen Cooper trade.

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