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[Signing] Ducks extend John Gibson, 3 years, $2.3M AAV


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Eric Stephens ‏@icemancometh

Ducks announce signing of goalie John Gibson to three-year contract extension. $2.3M AAV. Breakdown is $1.5M, $2.1M, $3.3M.


The Anaheim Ducks made a big move on Monday, locking up John Gibson — pegged by many as their goalie of the future — to a three-year contract extension.

Per ESPN, the deal is worth $6.9 million with a $2.3 million average annual cap hit, and will kick in next year (Gibson has one year left on his entry-level contract.)

Gibson, 22, burst onto the scene two years ago. One of the top young goalie prospects in hockey, he made his NHL debut late in the regular season before eventually inheriting Anaheim’s playoff starting duties.

Many thought that was the start of his ascension to the No. 1 gig, but it wasn’t to be in. Last year, injuries and the progression of Frederik Andersen limited Gibson to just 23 regular-season games, and none in the playoffs.

Gibson’s ascension might be on hold for this year, too.

The Ducks are primed to carry Andersen and Anton Khudobin as their Nos. 1 and 2 this season, leaving Gibson to carry a starter’s workload in AHL San Diego.

Then, presumably, Gibson would challenge Andersen for the starting gig in 2016-17, when his new contract kicks in.

Khudobin is a UFA after this year and likely out of the Ducks’ plans, while Andersen — who was very good for the Ducks last year, finishing top-10 in wins (35) and save percentage (.923) — is a pending RFA, making just $1.15 million this year.

Lots of potential, but only 23 NHL games to date. Still a decent signing though, assuming he doesn't crater somehow.

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Solid signing, but I do worry at what $2.3m gets you these days. It's not that long ago our franchise forward was on a $3.75m deal.

That's the reality of the rising cap. I think it's quite reasonable considering the top end values for goalies now.

Wondering what this means for Anton Khudobin.

As the article mentions, he probably isn't in their plans next year. Not sure if they feel they have enough AHL depth that they could trade Khudobin at the deadline or if they just let him walk in the offseason.

EDIT: I had to go look and see who else they have in their system. They have Hackett, who could be an AHL starter for them if they moved Gibson up, but not much else. They have one prospect, Garrett Metcalf (6th round, 2015), in the NCAA and they've brought in Ryan Faragher (undrafted) on a PTO but no other goalies listed in their prospects or under contract.

They could use some lower level pro goalies in their system it looks like before they can call up Gibson full time.

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My guess would be that Khudobin will be waived to the AHL and Gibson will step in and may even wind up their starter sooner rather than later. It's gonna be tough for Andersen to hold him off imo.

Andersen's (RFA) contract also expires at season's end so it'll be interesting to see how it plays out. Regardless, the Ducks are set up with a helluva young tandem.

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Really solid deal, the Ducks are set for quite awhile in goal.

At the very least, if Andersen somehow prices himself out after next season with another strong campaign and the Ducks prioritize on Vatanen, Despres, Lindholm and Rakell as their R.F.A.'s to re-sign, they'll still have another potential #1 in Gibson waiting in the wings for his chance to bring his team to new heights (some pun intended), and if Gibson struggles he won't be an overpriced member of the team given the bargain value of his contract.

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