VANCOUVER (CP) -- Centre Doug Gilmour will be out of the Toronto Maple Leafs' lineup 4-to-6 weeks with a left knee injury, the NHL team announced Saturday.
The Maple Leafs acquired the veteran centre from the Montreal Canadiens at the NHL trade deadline Tuesday. The move was applauded wildly in Toronto, where Gilmour has remained a very popular figure from his days with the team from 1992 until '97.
Gilmour, 39, was making his much-anticipated return to the Maple Leafs on Thursday night in Calgary when he collided with Flames forward Dave Lowry early in the second period and injured his knee. Gilmour was slow to recover then crawled on his knees back to the Toronto bench and didn't return. He left the arena on crutches.
Gilmour, who was acquired for a 2003 sixth-round pick, flew back to Toronto with teammate Gary Roberts and underwent an MRI on Saturday. The rest of the Leafs travelled to Vancouver where they played the Canucks on Saturday night.
Gilmour didn't have crutches when he got off the plane in Toronto but he did walk with a pronounced limp.
There was concern that Gilmour's career could be over if there was serious ligament damage to the knee. He has indicated he will probably retire after this season.
The Leafs did not divulge specific details surrounding Gilmour's injury.
Toronto concludes its regular season April 5 at home to Ottawa, meaning Gilmour could rejoin the Maple Leafs sometime in the first or second round of the NHL playoffs.
Roberts, who missed the first half of the season following double shoulder surgery, suffered the groin injury during a game Monday in Edmonton.
The Leafs were also without Alexander Mogilny on Saturday. The team's leading scorer returned home Thursday for personal reasons.
The Canucks were to play Saturday without goaltender Dan Cloutier (knee sprain) and defenceman Mattias Ohlund (knee surgery).