Let’s just start with all of the heat. Many Devils fans, and other teams who needed a goalie frankly, are hot on John Gibson this offseason. The Anaheim Ducks are in a weird spot, and Gibson still has a lot of value on the open market. People equate Gibson’s lack of valuable stats to a weak team in front of him. It’s hard to tell where the Ducks are in their rebuild, and they could be looking to get the most out of a player who doesn’t fit the timeline.
Gibson is a name many want the Devils to trade for. Some have even mentioned moving Heaven and Earth to make it happen. The Devils need a goalie, and Gibson was once at the top of the league when it comes to goalie output. That hasn’t been the case for three years.
Gibson has failed to break a .905 save percentage over the past three seasons. Over the past three seasons, Gibson has the sixth-worst goals saved above average. He’s in the same conversation as Martin Jones, Matt Murray, and Carter Hutton.
The Devils need to find a solution. Is Gibson actually a solution? That’s not clear, and the Devils can’t afford to take a chance on “not clear” anymore. They cannot go for perceived value. This isn’t a team that can take risks anymore. This was a team that was supposed to be much better than its record shows. A goalie like Gibson, with his .904 save percentage, can’t be trusted to save a team like the Devils.