Gilbert, a 6-foot-2-inch, 206-pound 29-year-old Bloomington native, has three goals and 14 assists in 47 games this season. He missed nearly all of January with an injury.
Gilbert provides an offensive upgrade to Schultz (0.41 points per game compared to 0.17). However, the on-ice negatives are that Gilbert costs more (just half a million per season) and is not as good in the defensive zone (minus-29 rating compared to a plus-8 rating). The off-ice negative is that Schultz is a very well liked player in the locker room and in the community, an alternate captain and a player that other players look up to.
The Wild got rid of a defensive defenseman that excels at blocking shots and provides very little on offense. Zanon will be an unrestricted free agent and was unlikely to be re-signed by the Wild.
The Wild gain a potential top-four offensive defenseman that hockeysfuture.com ranked as the second best defense prospect on a Bruins team that is deep on defenseman prospects. He reminds me a lot of Jared Spurgeon. Both are undersized for defenseman, handle the puck well, have a right-handed shot and do not get physically overmatched in the defensive zone by bigger forwards.
Kampfer will begin his Wild career with the Houston Aeros.
Gilbert has two years remaining on his contract that will make him an unrestricted free agent following the 2013-14 season. Kampfer has one year remaining on his contract that will make him a restricted free agent after the 2012-13 season.