The New Jersey Devils’ interest in Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson is generating significant trade buzz. Larry Brooks of the New York Post speculated on Gibson’s appeal to the Devils, especially given their current goaltending challenges. At 30, Gibson is an established netminder with a contract that extends three more years, averaging $6.4 million annually.
Gibson’s season statistics show he is regaining his elite form with the Ducks, as he has posted a 3-4 record, a 2.21 GAA, and a .926 save percentage. Despite these figures, his potential impact on the Devils can’t be underestimated.
John Gibson Trade to Devils: A Potential Game-Changer for New Jersey
The Devils have been grappling with inconsistent performances from their current goalies, Vitek Vanecek and Akira Schmid. Schmid’s .898 save percentage and 3.09 GAA, alongside Vanecek’s .887 save percentage and 3.45 GAA, highlight the need for a more reliable presence in the net.
Gibson’s tenure with the Anaheim Ducks, especially during their rebuild phase, saw a dip in his performance. This past season, his stats dropped to a 3.99 GAA and a .899 save percentage. However, these numbers don’t fully reflect his capabilities, as he previously demonstrated strong performances during the Ducks’ more competitive years.
The Devils, after a successful season and a series of strategic offseason moves, are looking to bolster their roster for deeper playoff runs. Gibson, with his experience and skill set, could be the missing piece for a team aspiring for Stanley Cup contention.
While Gibson’s trade depends on various factors, including his no-trade list and the Ducks’ asking price, the Devils’ interest is a clear indicator of their intent to upgrade their goaltending.