FlaFlorida Panthers
Tom Gilbert
Mar 27: Gilbert will undergo season-ending sports hernia surgery Thursday, Craig Davis of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Perhaps the sports hernia injury explains Gilbert's vanishing production, as the defenseman totaled only four points in his past 21 games. The procedure will likely only require a couple of months of recovery time, which shouldn't hurt Gilbert's chances of landing a deal in free agency. He finishes the 2013-14 campaign with 28 points, 59 hits and 95 blocks over 73 contests.

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Mar 25: Gilbert was held pointless yet again in 20:56 minutes of ice-time Tuesday night as the Panthers fell 3-2 to the Senators in a shootout. After scoring 24 points in his first 52 games this season, Gilbert has only tallied one goal and three assists in his past 21 games. He still plays top-four minutes for the Cats, but the post-Olympic break has been a big disappointment for the veteran defenseman.

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Feb 4: Gilbert scored his third goal of the season in Tuesday night's 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs. Gilbert is tied with Brian Campbell for the team lead in points by a defenseman with 25. The two form quite the offensive tandem as the Panthers' top defensive pair and they both see top minutes on the power play. Gilbert is worth the pickup if he is somehow still on the waiver wire.

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Jan 24: Gilbert assisted on both Florida goals in Friday's loss to Colorado, giving him four assists in the last two games. Gilbert has quietly been one of the league's more rewarding waiver pickups, giving owners a healthy amount of assists on a team that has trouble scoring at times. Gilbert has 20 assists on the year and isn't a bad option in a pinch for those in daily leagues.

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Jan 21: Gilbert notched two assists in Tuesday night's 4-3 win over Buffalo. The 31-year-old defensman reached the 20 point plateau for the first time since 2010-2011, when he scored 26 points in 79 games. Gilbert now has 20 points in 50 games this season and appears to be comfortable logging top-four minutes in Florida. He is worth the pickup for those lacking depth on the back-end.

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Dec 19: Gilbert logged his first goal of the season and an assist in Thursday's 4-2 win over Ottawa. The points snap a six-game point scoring drought for the seventh year man. While Gilbert has not been producing during the Panthers recent five-game winning streak and his ice time has dwindled as a result, he's managed a goal and ten assists through 35 games. Still, Dylan Olsen could be a better option for those in deeper leagues.

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Nov 17: Gilbert posted three assists to take home first-star honors Saturday in a 4-1 win over Colorado. He's yet to find nylon on his own this season, but with seven assists in 21 games, Gilbert's on pace to match his career norms for scoring.

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Sep 28: Gilbert signed a one-year deal with the Panthers on Saturday, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. The Panthers were pleased enough with what they saw from Gilbert on a tryout basis that they officially decided to bring him onto the active roster with the contract offer. Gilbert tallied 13 points while averaging 19:19 of ice time over 43 games with the Wild last season.

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Sep 16: Gilbert is expected to accept a professional tryout offer with the Panthers, Darren Dreger of TSN reports. This is the low-risk, high-reward signing for the Panthers as they lack defenseman with offensive upside. Gilbert put up 13 points in 43 games with Minnesota last season and could see power-play time with the Panthers if he makes the team.

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Sep 7: Gilbert is thinking about playing in Switzerland this season, reports Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal. There has been little interest in him as a free agent this summer. Things haven't gone so well since he was bought out by the Wild. He's knocked as an offensive-minded defender who doesn't really know how to play in his own zone, but he's not as bad as many think. There are still teams who can use help at the NHL level, so don't count him Switzerland-bound just yet.

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