The Anaheim Ducks have signed goaltender John Gibson to an eight-year contract extension worth $51.2 million, the team announced Saturday.
That works out to $6.4 million a year. The deal kicks in for the 2019-2020 season, as Gibson’s current contract still has a year to go at $2.3 million annually. The netminder will be an unrestricted free agent when his new contract expires, plus it carries a modified no-trade clause commencing in 2021-2022.
“I believe in John Gibson, as does everyone in the organization,” Ducks general manager Bob Murray said. “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.”
The Pittsburgh-born goalie was drafted by Anaheim in the second round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut as a 20-year-old in 2014.
The Ducks like him for a number of reasons, but one of his most compelling stats has to be that he owns the best save percentage among any goaltender to appear in at least 150 games since 1955-1956. His .923 tops out even Tuukka Rask, Ken Dryden and Dominik Hasek.
Gibson came in above his career total last season, with a .926 save percentage and 31 wins in 60 games.
The netminder is now among the highest-paid goalies in the league. His contract resembles the deal Winnipeg made with Connor Hellebuyck just a few weeks ago and puts him in a league with Rask, Braden Holtby and Semyon Varlamov.
“I’m excited to be a part of this organization for the long term,” Gibson said in a statement from the team. “Staying with the Ducks was always my preference, and I couldn’t be happier. Living in the Orange County community with the great support of our fans, I can’t think of a better place to play. It’s great to be a part of the future of this team moving forward and hopefully bring a Stanley Cup back to Anaheim.”
The Ducks have been relatively busy this summer. Just last month, they signed Adam Henrique to a five-year contract extension. Most of the key pieces are signed for a few years, with the exception of Jakob Silfverberg. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent next summer along with veteran goalie Ryan Miller.