Tom Gilbert

MonMontreal Canadiens
Tom Gilbert
Jul 1: Gilbert (knee) signed a one-year, $1.4 million deal with the Kings on Friday, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports. Gilbert is a steady and unspectacular, bottom-pairing defender who'll hopefully be better on the ice than in fantasy. He played just 45 games in 2015-16 because of a knee injury, and delivered just one goal and one assist.

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Feb 25: Gilbert had surgery on his left knee Wednesday and is expected to need six months to recover. The operation reportedly was performed by Dr. James Andrews, a renowned orthopedic surgeon in the sports world. Montreal was starting to rely more heavily on Gilbert, as he averaged 19:11 of ice time in nine February games -- more than a two-minute boost against his season average -- before sustaining the knee injury last Friday in a game against the Flyers. Greg Pateryn, who skated for 21:38 in the last game, could see the largest minutes boost on the blue line now that Gilbert is out of the picture.

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Feb 22: Gilbert will undergo left knee surgery and miss the remainder of the season, Eric Engels of Sportsnet reports. It's unclear exactly what Gilbert is dealing with but he'll be limited to 45 outings during the 2015-16 season nonetheless. Greg Pateryn now seems to be locked into the regular lineup in the absence of Gilbert, with Victor Bartley also in the mix to help out on occasion after receiving the related promotion to Montreal on Monday.

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Feb 22: Gilbert (lower body) won't play in Monday's game against the Predators, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Not much of an impact-player in most season-long formats, Gilbert provides a bit more value to those playing daily contests with his willingness to block shots (88 on the season). Mark Barberio will draw into the lineup in his place, but doesn't provide much upside either. Gilbert will now aim to return for the team's next game Wednesday against the Capitals, but the team should update the defenseman's status again over the next couple days.

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Feb 21: Gilbert (lower body) did not participate in Sunday's practice, the Montreal Gazette reports. Gilbert suffered a lower-body injury during Friday's game. There's been no update on his condition, so it's likely he'll be held out of Monday's home game against Nashville.

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Feb 19: Gilbert has been ruled out of the remainder of Friday's game against the Flyers with a lower-body injury, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. The Canadiens will hope Gilbert's injury doesn't hold him out long term, as he's been one of the team's better defenders this season, registering a plus-4 rating through 44 games, good for third best on the team. The Canadiens should provide an update on the former fourth-round pick's status ahead of Monday's game against the Predators.

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Feb 3: Gilbert returned to action Tuesday night after missing 14 games due to a lower-body injury. He had a team-high six blocked shots and two hits in 15:25 TOI in a 4-2 loss to Philadelphia. The six hits came out of nowhere as Gilbert has just 25 in 37 games played. When active, Gilbert skates on the third defensive pairing and gets time on the penalty-kill unit.

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Feb 2: Gilbert (lower body) will take the ice for the Canadiens on Tuesday when they take on Philadelphia. Gilbert will return after a 14-game absence dating back to Dec. 22. While this may be good news for the Montreal blue line, the 33-year-old has little fantasy value, garnering a singular assist in 36 contests. Additionally, the defenseman averages a mere 16:17 of ice time per game, almost 10 minutes less than starter P.K. Subban.

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Jan 22: Gilbert (lower body) returned to practice Friday and is now considered "day-to-day," Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Officially, Gilbert remains on injured reserve, but his "day-to-day" label suggests that he's not far away from being activated. Unfortunately, he has just one assist for his only point in 36 games this season.

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Jan 17: Gilbert (lower body) is expected to be ready to play in approximately two weeks, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Gilbert was sidelined Dec. 23 because of the lower-body issue, and hasn't returned to the ice since that point. It appears he can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, but the team should continue to update the blueliner's status as he nears a return to the lineup.

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Dec 26: Gilbert (lower body) will miss the rest of the road trip, which puts him out until Jan. 6 at the earliest, Joey Alfieri of TSN 690 reports. Evidently, the holiday break that gave the Habs three days off from games was not enough time for Gilbert, who will (at least) miss the next five contests. Still, with an assist for his only point in 36 games, it's unlikely that the smooth-skating Gilbert would disappoint more than the loyal Habs fan base with his absence.

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Dec 23: Gilbert left Tuesday night's loss to the Wild in the first period after suffering a lower-body injury, the Montreal Gazette reports. Head coach Michel Therrien would not speculate on Gilbert's availability for Montreal's next game Saturday against Washington.

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Oct 30: Gilbert had six blocked shots in Thursday night's loss to the Oilers. He leads the Canadiens with 24 blocks through 11 games. Gilbert is part of the third defensive pairing and maintains a plus-2 through 11 games. The veteran has played well enough to keep young prospects Jarred Tinordi and Greg Pateryn in the press box.

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Sep 17: Gilbert (illness) did not report to the first day of Canadiens training camp on Thursday. Gilbert should be considered day-to-day with the illness, and will likely report to camp in a few days once he has recovered from the ailment. The 32-year-old defender registered 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 72 games with Montreal last season.

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