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Habs sign Tom Gilbert — two years, $5.6 million

Jul 1, 2014, 1:20 PM EST

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The Montreal Canadiens are going to make it tough to take the puck away from them.

Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports the Habs have signed defenseman Tom Gilbert to a two-year, $5.6 million deal to help strengthen their blue line.

Gilbert, 31, joins a Montreal defensive corps that already had P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov who are strong on the puck. Last season with the Florida Panthers, he had three goals and 25 assists and averaged 21:20 of ice time per game.

Big minutes and big responsibilities were what he had in Florida and now he’ll join a busy crew in Montreal.

  1. lowenni - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Wasn’t one of the teams I was expecting to make a push for him. Surprised they traded Gorges and did this. Either way I liked what I saw from Gilbert in the ten or so games I saw him in last season, he’s just solid. It’s possible his ability was overplayed by a) playing next to Brian Campbell and b) playing top minutes on a weak Florida team and getting exposure from that (David Booth anyone?) Either way, pretty good pickup for the Habs.

  2. lowenni - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Wasn’t one of the teams I was expecting to make a push for him. Surprised they traded Gorges and did this. Either way I liked what I saw from Gilbert in the ten or so games I saw him in last season, he’s just solid. It’s possible his ability was overplayed by a) playing next to Brian Campbell and b) playing top minutes on a weak Florida team and getting exposure from that (David Booth anyone?) Either way, pretty good pickup for the Habs.

  3. darksidecowboy - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    why trade Gorges then? weird things in Montreal

    • phtjoey - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      I think, and I could be wrong, Gorges was a club house lawyer. Not sure him and PK got along all that well, and they needed to free up cap space.

    • habs9 - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      Josh Georges is not a puck moving D, the real reason he was traded has nothing to do with any disrespect or not needing him or declining…..the real reason is due to the fact that MB gave Emelin a 4 year contract, and it may have been too soon, but even if Emelin’s contract ends up worth it, they’ve attempted in the last year and a half to force 4 different left handed D to try and play RD, Emelin, Tinordi, Beaulieu and Georges! it has not worked, since 2(markov, emelin) are newly signed and 2 are getting it together, it basically left only one casualty unfortunately

  4. alicesrightfootesq - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    I would have rather seen Bolland’s contract go to Gilbert.

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