Red Wings & Ducks Linked to Offseason Trade

The Detroit Red Wings are looking for a long-term solution in net and have reportedly had some interest in trading for Anaheim Ducks netminder John Gibson.

Speculation has surrounded Gibson for over a year now and there was even reports last season that he'd approached management asking about a potential change of scenery. These talks didn't go anywhere and now there's some talks about the Red Wings having interest in Gibson this summer. Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek discussed via 32 Thoughts recently. 

Gibson is coming off a down season on a struggling Ducks squad, posting a 13-27-2 record, along with a 3.54 GAA and .888 Sv.%. He has three seasons left on his contract at $6.4 million annually, which is something the Red Wings could easily add given their cap space. It would make sense for Detroit to ask Anaheim to take on Ville Husso's final year of his contract in the deal, paying him $4.75 million in 2024-25. The Red Wings also have Alex Lyon signed next season at a very reasonable $900,000.

Pat Verbeek and Steve Yzerman are close friends and it's likely a deal could be reached between the two GMs if there is indeed strong interest. Gibson holds a 10-team no-trade clause so no word yet if he's open to joining the Red Wings.

The Ducks continue to rebuild and have Lukas Dostal to build around in net. Meanwhile the Red Wings are looking to get into the playoffs next season and will be re-tooling on the fly this summer.

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