Anaheim Ducks Rumors: 3 Trade Destinations for John Gibson

According to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, the Anaheim Ducks and goaltender John Gibson have some mutual feelings about finding the veteran netminder a new home. Friedman mentioned the Ducks goaltending situation on his latest 32 Thoughts blog:

With 22-year-old Lukas Dostal ready for more netminding time, Anaheim will open room for him. They’d like to try now, instead of waiting for next season. Anthony Stolarz is more obvious than John Gibson, although I think Gibson and the Ducks would love to find a way to get him a new home. Then there’s Adam Henrique. There are teams who like him. The issue is, who can take him without asking the Ducks to retain, because Anaheim will demand a premium for that.

Gibson is turning 30 this summer and the Ducks are in full rebuild mode as they look to develop their young talent. Dostal is a former third-round pick who has put up strong numbers in the AHL this season. The team wants to get him some more minutes and if Gibson is indeed available, Ducks GM Pat Verbeek will have his 10-team no-trade clause he'll need to consider. Some potential destinations include:

Buffalo Sabres: A team who are getting close and could have interest in a longer term solution while they continue to develop some of their younger talent. Gibson could easily become starter turned mentor down the road. 

LA Kings: A team looking for a goalie upgrade, it's hard to see the Kings not acquiring a goaltender with term left on their deal. The team knows Gibson very well and could have interest.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Penguins starter Tristan Jarry is a pending free agent and Gibson is from the area and could be interesting in joining the team. Friedman recently mentioned Jarry as a potential trade candidate as talks pick up ahead of March 3.

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