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Montreal defenseman suffers season ending injury.

A tough loss for the the struggling Habs.

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The Montreal Canadiens are having a great deal of struggles at this stage of the season, and now they've lost one of their defenseman for the remainder of the season.

The team has announced that Tom Gilbert's injury will require surgery, and that the projected recover time will not make it possible for him to return. The Canadiens did not specify a timetable for his recovery, although they did reveal that it is his left knee that will be surgically repaired.

Gilbert played 45 games with the Canadiens this season, recording one goal and one assists and a plus minus rating of three over that stretch. However Gilbert is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, so the Canadiens have also lost any value they could have expected back from Gilbert as a rental player on the trade market.

A tough blow for Marc Bergevin and company.