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MAJOR | One of the NHL's top netminders has asked for a change of scenery


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Cooper Godin
June 3, 2023  (9:46)
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According to Daily Faceoff's Frank Seravalli, Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson has informed the team that he wants a change of scenery after a decade in Orange County.

"Gibson has let the Ducks know that after 10 seasons, he is ready for a change of scenery. With little defensive support, Gibson was tagged with the worst statistical season of his career. Amazingly, Gibson's save percentage was still exactly league average (.899), which is an indication of how much game he has left. How much better would those numbers look on a properly constructed (read: not rebuilding) team? That's what has teams wondering." Seravalli said.

He went on to add, "Gibson was available last summer, but at a high price. Considering the term remaining on his deal, even if his cap hit is fine, it's still a large commitment. Would the Ducks be willing to retain a chunk to get Gibson in line closer to $5 million to make a move more palatable? He makes sense as a replacement for Tristan Jarry in Pittsburgh, which happens to be Gibson's hometown."

The 29-year-old was drafted by the Ducks in the second round (39th overall) in 2011 and has gone on to suit up 431 games, which is the third-most in franchise history, only 16 behind J.S. Giguere.
In 53 games this past season, the Pittsburgh native had a record of 14-31-8 with a 3.99 GAA, an .899 save percentage and one shutout. Gibson has four years remaining on his contract with an AAV of $6.4 million and a modified no-trade clause which includes a ten-team no-trade list.
It would certainly be interesting to see what interest there is on the trade market for Gibson this summer. Despite having a tough time the last few seasons, mainly due to the Ducks rebuild, there's no doubt he could become one of the best goaltenders in the entire National Hockey League if there's a strong team in front of him.
Source: Frank Seravalli - Daily Faceoff
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