Ducks' John Gibson says he hasn't asked for a trade: 'None of that is true'

Ducks’ John Gibson says he hasn’t asked for a trade: ‘None of that is true’

Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson said he has not asked for a trade from the only club he has played for and said he is not seeking a move, as the team’s star netminder refuted a recent report that he would be open to a deal.

In a conversation with The Athletic on Tuesday, Gibson stressed that he has not communicated any desire to move on from the team he has spent his first nine NHL seasons with. Sportsnet’s Nick Alberga tweeted Monday that the 28-year-old is open to being dealt and there’s a “belief out of Anaheim that he’s informed the club of that.”

Gibson said he doesn’t have much of a presence on social media and that he first learned of the trade speculation when his agent, Kurt Overhardt, called him.

“All of the rumors that I got in a call from Kurt yesterday are false because I haven’t had a conversation with anybody there,” Gibson said, talking from Pittsburgh where he spends his offseason. “None of that is true.”

The Ducks missed the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season, which is the longest period the franchise has gone without a berth in the postseason since it began play in the 1993-94 season. With first-year general manager Pat Verbeek trading away four veteran regulars to playoff-bound clubs, he has led to conjecture if Gibson is keen on riding out their rebuilding plan.

Asked directly if he wants a trade, Gibson said, “No. I want to win in Anaheim. I’ve been here and I’m happy to be here.”

Gibson said he doesn’t know how the speculation of him seeking an exit came about. He did express his belief in the young core that’s being assembled with Trevor Zegras, Troy Terry and Jamie Drysdale leading the way and Mason McTavish, the No. 3 pick in the 2021 draft, potentially joining them next season. He’s hopeful that Verbeek will add to that nucleus this summer.

“I think in the summertime you always see rumors and all that,” the goalie said. “It doesn’t really bother me. I wanted to let it be known that it’s not true. When I signed my extension in Anaheim however many years ago, I said I’d be honored to play in the same city and be a part of the same organization my whole career. I still have all my intentions on doing that.”

Gibson is entering the fourth year of an eight-year contract extension he signed with the Ducks in 2018. His $51.2-million deal has an average annual value of $6.4 million. A 10-team no-trade clause went into effect last summer.

First arriving with the Ducks near the end of the 2013-14 regular season, Gibson had a shutout in his first NHL start and would play in four games of that postseason. He has won 166 games with the franchise, with only Jean-Sebastien Giguère above him on the club’s all-time goalie wins list.

An All-Star for the third time last season, Gibson finished with an 18-26-11 record, 3.19 goals-against average and .904 save percentage. He struggled mightily after the break as the Ducks fell out of playoff contention, with Verbeek moving top-four defensemen Hampus Lindholm and Josh Manson, scoring winger Rickard Rakell and gritty forward Nic Deslauriers in separate trades.

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