The Anaheim Ducks announced today that they have signed goaltender John Gibson to an 8-year contract extension.
Gib him the net for 8️⃣ more years!— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) August 4, 2018
We've signed goaltender John Gibson to an eight-year contract extension through the 2026-27 NHL season! pic.twitter.com/ntG2GrfFxH
The Athletic’s Eric Stephens reported shortly after the official announcement that the deal will be valued at $6.4 million per season.
Ducks announce that they have signed goalie John Gibson to an eight-year contract extension. Big one. $6.4 million AAV— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) August 4, 2018
The 25-year-old had a career year for the Ducks last season, posting a .926 SV% (2nd amongst regular starters), and a 2.43 GAA. He finished 2nd in the league amongst regular starters in GSAA (how many more goals he saved compared to a league-average goaltender) with a whopping 32.51.
This season will be the final year of the 3-year, $2.3 million extension he signed in 2016, with the new deal kicking in for the 2019-2020 season, making his deal last until the year 2027.
Despite self-imposed injury issues earlier in his career, Gibson appeared to turn a corner this last season playing in a career high 60 games and only missing time due to collisions and impact with other players during gameplay. The newfound health was clearly the sign of confidence General Manager Bob Murray needed to lock down his number one netminder long-term.
Gibson has established himself as one of the game’s premier starters, owning the best regular season save percentage in the league over the previous 3 seasons amongst regular starters.
The NHL Public Relations Twitter account highlighted this fact with this tweet, putting Gibson into the upper echelon of NHL netminders so far in his young career.
John Gibson owns the highest career save percentage among goaltenders to appear in at least 100 games (tied) since 1955-56 when shots on goal became an official NHL statistic.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) August 1, 2018
More @AnaheimDucks #NHLStats: https://t.co/oAjO1WHMZ7 #31in31 pic.twitter.com/mw3jnBhN9c