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Canadiens' Gilbert out for season

Defenseman will have knee surgery

by Arpon Basu @arponbasu / Managing Editor, LNH.com

MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens defenseman Tom Gilbert will have surgery on his left knee and miss the rest of the season, the Canadiens announced Monday after a 2-1 shootout loss to the Nashville Predators.

Gilbert was injured Friday against the Philadelphia Flyers and Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said Monday morning that he was day-to-day but that he would meet with doctors Monday night.

Gilbert, 33, has one goal and one assist in 45 games this season. He is in the final year of his contract with the Canadiens and can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. 

Gilbert was considered one of the top rental defensemen available ahead of the NHL Trade Deadline on Monday at 3 p.m. ET.

He missed 14 games because of a lower-body injury from Dec. 26-Jan. 26 and his playing time increased when Jeff Petry sustained a lower-body injury on Feb. 7. 

Petry remains day-to-day, according to Therrien.

The Canadiens, who are 28-27-5 and seven points out of a wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference, visit the Washington Capitals on Wednesday and host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday in their final two games before the trade deadline.

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