The Ducks have signed goaltender John Gibson
to a three-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Gibson, 22 (7/14/93), appeared in his second NHL season with Anaheim in 2014-15, going 13-8-0 with one shutout, a 2.60 goals-against average (GAA) and .914 save percentage (SV%). He established career highs in wins, saves (616), appearances (23) and starts (21).
"It’s exciting," said Gibson. "I’m looking toward the future, and hopefully I can be here sooner than later. It shows he [Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray] wants me to be here for a long time and I want to be here to help the team win."
The Pittsburgh, PA native ranked fourth among NHL rookie goaltenders in wins, saves and shots faced (674). The 6-3, 216 pound netminder won six of seven starts from Feb. 20-Mar. 4, compiling a 6-1-0 record with a 1.84 GAA with a .942 SV%. He had a pair of career-tying three-game win streaks within that seven-game stretch (Feb. 20-23 & Feb. 27-Mar. 4) and also won three straight for a third time from Mar. 13-18. On Oct. 28, Gibson made the most saves (38) by a Ducks rookie goaltender in a shutout performance for a 1-0 win at Chicago. Gibson also played 11 games with the Norfolk Admirals (AHL) last season, posting a 6-3-2 record with a 2.07 GAA and .935 SV%.
Selected by Anaheim in the second round (39th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, Gibson originally signed a three-year entry-level contract on Mar. 15, 2012. He has gone 16-8-0 in 26 career NHL contests with two shutouts, a 2.45 GAA and .919 SV%. Gibson was USA Hockey’s recipient of the 2013 Bob Johnson Award, which recognizes excellence in international hockey competition during a specific season of play. Gibson backstopped Team USA to the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Russia, posting a 5-2-0 record and was selected Most Valuable Player of the championship.
Shortly after the announcement, Murray addressed the media at the team's practice facility, THE RINKS - Anaheim ICE.
On the duration of contract talks with Gibson, agent
We’ve been talking to a bunch of agents and some of these kids all summer long. It seems just recently all of a sudden things started to move with a few of them.
On Gibson’s contract
It’s clear. I have some security now, and that’s the bottom line. I’m very comfortable with where we are. Before, I was a little bit up in the air because of so many things that could happen. Now we have one of our good, young goalies going forward locked up for four more years. It’s a young man who wanted to be here. He wanted to be a part of this organization. He told me that when he left here last year after a rough ending when he broke his thumb. He would’ve gotten some playoff games, but he broke his thumb. That hurt us a little bit, but John wants to be here.
On if he had talks with Gibson regarding where he’ll play this season
He’s very clear. His agent and I talked a lot about this situation. He was very helpful because he knew it was the best situation for John moving forward. Early on this year, things could be rough, but he knows exactly. I had a long talk with him two nights ago. He knows what my game plan is. He knows what I think of him. He’s on board right now. He’s prepared for that. Injuries happen – and have happened in goal – every year for the past four or five years. We’ve always had injuries. That’s why I’m a little more comfortable with our goaltending right now. I won’t be searching for somebody in November, I don’t think.