Ducks goaltender John Gibson spoke to reporters Monday, after signing a three-year contract extension worth $6.9 million. Here’s some of what he said (per the Associated Press): “I think it shows they want me to be here for a long time, and I was to be here for a while and help the team win.”
Gibson is signed through the 2018-19 season.
Of the possibility of starting the season with the San Diego Gulls of the AHL rather than with the Ducks, he said, “I’m just looking forward to playing. Obviously, I want to be here sooner than later, but I can’t really control that. Just going to play and play my best. … I’m sure with every decision they (the Ducks) make, it’s for the betterment of the team, so you’ve got to respect that.
“Wherever I’m at, I’ve just got to do my job. You never know. Something could happen tomorrow and there might be two of us here, or there might be three. You never know. So, I guess it’s better to be safe than sorry, especially with all the injures that happened. … It’s exciting, but now I’ve got training camp and worry about this team first.”
As it stands now, Gibson is fighting to move up to second on the Ducks’ depth chart. Frederik Andersen is No. 1, with the Ducks also having added Russian veteran Anton Khudobin in an off-season trade.