Gilbert (knee) signed a one-year, $1.4 million deal with the Kings on Friday. 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.
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.
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. Morgan 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.
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.
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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