Ducks Trade Rumors: John Gibson Trade Talks Aggressively Ramping Up

Now that Linus Ullmark and Jacob Markstrom are off the board, already traded, teams looking for a boost between the pipes are more focused on other options, and the Anaheim Ducks are taking advantage by aggressively pursuing a deal for veteran John Gibson this week. 

The Ducks are "actively trying to trade" Gibson, reports insider David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period. He notes that the 11-year veteran has a 10-team no-trade list, so that could play into the negotiations. 

The Detroit Red Wings were named by Pagnottta as one of the clubs engaged in talks with the Ducks, and that confirms rumors we've heard over the past week or so.

With three years remaining at a $6 million cap hit, it won't be easy to move the 31-year-old netminder, especially with the word from another insider that the Ducks have no inclination to retain any of that onerous cap hit. 

"The thing I’ve heard about Gibson is that Anaheim is not crazy about retaining money there, so that’s going to be complicated," said Elliotte Friedman recently.

Gibson has recorded a .910 save percentage and 2.90 goals-against average over the course of his 11 seasons, but his numbers have taken a big dip the past two seasons. This year he went 13-27-2 with a 3.54 GAA and .888 Sv%.

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