The Florida Panthers continued to corner the professional try out market on Monday, as ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reported the team is expected to sign veteran defenseman Tom Gilbert to a PTO.
Gilbert, 30, spent last season in Minnesota before the Wild exercised a compliance buyout on his six-year, $24 million deal.
The longtime Edmonton blueliner posted a career-high 45 points in 2008-09, but has fallen on hard time since. He had just 13 points in 43 games for the Wild last year and saw his ice time decrease from 27:01 in 2011-12 to just 19:19 per game.
As mentioned above, Gilbert will become the latest veteran to accept an invite to Panthers camp.
The club also offered tryouts to former goalie Jose Theodore and ex-Flyers netminder Ilya Bryzgalov.