Ducks Goalie John Gibson Finished in Anaheim

It appears the breakup that's been in the works for a couple of seasons is finally coming to the surface as reports have been released stating John Gibson has informed the Anaheim Ducks he'd like a change of scenery. 

According to Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff, Gibson and the Ducks have been in contact and the goalie has been very honest about where his heart stands. Seravalli, one of the best hockey insiders in the game, has Gibson listed as a prime trade candidate this summer. Seravalli reported earlier this week:

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. 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.

Other teams besides the Penguins who will be linked to Gibson include the Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings. Look for Gibson to be a candidate to have a bounce-back season in 2023-24. 

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