The Washington Capitals traded defenseman Brenden Dillon to the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night in an attempt to alleviate both their salary-cap crunch and their logjam on defense.

The Jets traded a second-round pick in both 2022 and 2023 for the defenseman, who is entering his 11th NHL season and has 654 career games played.

Dillon, 30, had 19 points in 56 games for the Capitals last season. He was acquired from the San Jose Sharks in February 2020 and signed a four-year, $15.6 million contract with Washington in October.

A defense-first defenseman, Dillon primarily played with John Carlson, the Capitals' top defenseman, last season.