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Kings Sign Free Agent Defenseman Tom Gilbert

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

The LA Kings have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent defenseman Tom Gilbert on a one-year contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

The 33-year-old Gilbert (born January 10, 1983) is a 6-2, 202-pound native of Bloomington, Minnesota, and he appeared in 45 regular season games with Montreal last season (1-1=2, +3, 12 PIM, 16:51 TOI/GP, 1:50 SH TOI/GP). Gilbert led all Montreal defensemen with an average of two blocked shots per game last season.

Originally a fourth-round selection (129th overall) by Colorado at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Gilbert has played 10 seasons in the NHL – with Montreal, Florida, Minnesota, and Edmonton. In 637 career regular season games he has 218 points (44-174=218), and 192 penalty minutes. Fourteen of his 44 career regular season goals have been scored on the power-play.

In 17 career Stanley Cup playoff games, Gilbert has five points (2-3=5), a +3 rating and 16 penalty minutes.

Gilbert made his Oilers/NHL debut in during the 2006-07 season by suiting up at San Jose on January 10, 2007 (on his 24th birthday). The 2007-08 season marked his first full campaign in the NHL, and he recorded a career-high 13 goals while appearing in all 82 regular season games that year. At the conclusion of the 2007-08 season, he was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. He also registered a career-high 45 points (5-40=45) with the Oilers in 2008-09.

The former University of Wisconsin Badger (played there from 2002-06; NCAA Champion with the Badgers in 2006) has been remarkably durable during his 10-year career, appearing in 580 out of a possible 622 regular season games (over 93 percent) from 2007-08 through 2014-15. His 2015-16 season was limited to 45 games due to injury.

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