Ducks ink John Gibson to 8-year extension


Gibson’s new deal will reportedly carry an average annual value of $6.4 million. His previous contract, which expires after the 2018-19 campaign, had a cap hit of $2.3 million. The 25-year-old netminder posted a 31-18-7 record last year with a 2.43 goals-against average, a .926 save percentage and four shutouts.

“I believe in John Gibson, as does everyone in the organization,” said Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray. “This is obviously a major commitment by the club, but one we feel strongly about. John is equally committed to being a Duck. He is only now entering the prime of his career, and we are all confident his best is yet to come.”

Gibson, 25 (7/14/93), owns the highest career save percentage (SV%) among goalies to appear in a minimum 150 career NHL games since 1955-56 (when shots on goal became an official NHL stat). Gibson’s .923 SV% tops Ken Dryden (.922), Dominik Hasek (.922) and Tuukka Rask (.922) on the exclusive list. Gibson has appeared in 178 career NHL games, posting a 93-55-20 record with a franchise-best 2.29 goals-against average (GAA) and 16 shutouts

8 years for a goalie is always a bit scary, but having one of the best goalies in the world locked up through his prime at a 6.4M AAV is a nice trade-off

For me, John Gibson is the best young goalie in the league right now. Look what he was able to do for his team last season, even with all of the injuries.

Great contract.