3 Potential Trade Destinations for Anaheim Ducks' John Gibson


Now that the NHL Trade Deadline has come and gone. We will look at players that could be on the move this offseason. The Anaheim Ducks have a bright future ahead of them with current players like Trevor Zegras, Tory Terry and Mason McTavish. Unfortunately, they didn't have a good season this year, and as a result, they will find themselves getting a high draft pick in the 2023 NHL Draft. That will also help their team going forward, but in the meantime, the club has some big questions to ask, and one of those is the future of their goaltender, John Gibson. Here are three trade destinations for the Ducks' goaltender: 

Los Angeles Kings 

Now that we are in the post-Johnathan Quick era in Los Angeles, the Kings may be in the market to add another goaltender. They made a significant move at the NHL trade deadline to acquire Joonas Korpisalo and Vladislav Gavrikov from Columbus to make a push for a Cup. However, Korpisalo is a pending UFA and could fetch a better deal on the open market. Which makes Gibson a viable option for the Kings. Although the Kings and Ducks don't usually make deals together, Los Angeles has many young players and prospects that could interest Anaheim. 

Vegas Golden Knights 

The Vegas Golden Knights are an exciting team, they have Logan Thompson who has shut the door for them. But, they also have Robin Lehner, who has been dealing with an injury the entire season. Vegas could take a chance on Gibson from the Ducks, to share the workload with Thompson going forward. Gibson typically plays around 55 games a year, but if he and Thompson share the workload as a 1A/1B tandem, he could play around 42-45 games. As a result, he may see better overall numbers at the end of the year.

Ottawa Senators 

The Ottawa Senators made one of the biggest splashes at the NHL trade deadline by acquiring Jakob Chychrun from the Arizona Coyotes. That goes hand and hand with this past offseason, where they traded for Alex DeBrincat from the Chicago Blackhawks, and Cam Talbot from the Minnesota Wild. Talbot struggled with injuries throughout the year, as well as Anton Forsberg, who also suffered a bad injury that will keep him out for the remainder of the year. This left Mads Sogaard to get his chance at the NHL level, and he made a good impression on the management group. If GM Pierre Dorion has one move left in his back pocket to truly make this team a contender, it is to shore up the goaltending. Gibson could be the answer for the Senators, a tandem consisting of him and Sogaard could make the team a perennial playoff contender.

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