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Ducks Sign Gibson To Three-Year Contract Extension

Ducks Sign Gibson To Three-Year Contract Extension

Anaheim has signed 22-year old netminder John Gibson to a three-year contract extension worth $6.9 million. Reports suggest the deal will see Gibson earn $1.5 million in the first year, $2.1 million in the second season and $3.3 million in the final season.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native Gibson was selected in the second round of the 2011 NHL Draft (39th overall), and played a major part in Team USA’s gold medal success at the 2013 World Junior Championships, where he was also named tournament MVP.

Regarded as one of the best young goaltenders in the league, Gibson made his NHL debut in April 2014, recording a shut out against Vancouver, before making his first post season appearance that spring, turning away all 28 shots in a 2-0 victory over arch rivals Los Angeles.

Gibson would go on to make three further play-off appearances before the Ducks were eliminated by the Kings in game 7 of the Western Conference semi finals, and looked set to compete with Frederik Andersen for the #1 role.

John Gibson

Gibson is expected to start the season with San Diego, the new AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks.

But a mixture of erratic form and injuries limited the former Kitchener Ranger to just 23 NHL games last term, going 13-8-1 with a .914 save percentage and 2.60 goals against average.

Gibson is expected to start the season with Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in San Diego, after Anton Khudobin arrived in Orange County from Carolina this summer. But with the Russian an unrestricted free agent next summer and Andersen still a restricted free agent, Gibson may yet get his chance to become the Ducks number one.

Also expected to be the starter for the Young Stars team at next year’s World Cup of hockey, the next 12 months look set to continue Gibson’s brilliant rise from High School cut to NHL star.

About The Author

Rob McGregor

A member of the InGoal Magazine family since 2014, Rob is also Media Manager for the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) in the UK and a former goaltender in Great Britain's third tier National League (NIHL).