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Ducks recall goalie Gibson, send down Andersen

Jan 10, 2014, 2:28 PM EDT

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The Anaheim Ducks have called up goalie John Gibson from AHL Norfolk while sending down goalie Frederik Andersen.

Andersen was a revelation earlier this season, but the 24-year-old’s last three NHL starts have seen him surrender nine goals on just 70 shots, a save percentage of .871. Apparently the Ducks want to get him more action in the minors, which he’ll receive tonight against Portland.

Gibson, meanwhile, has gone 11-9-3 (.915 SV%) with the Admirals. The highly touted 20-year-old was the 39th pick in the 2011 draft.

The Ducks play Saturday in Phoenix and Sunday at home versus Detroit. No word yet if Gibson will make his NHL debut in one of those games.

  1. flash8910 - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Confused…If I buy the story that Anderson is not getting enough work so he will go to the minors. Why would you want Gibson riding the pine. I think he need more development than Anderson.

    Is a trade coming?

    • ibieiniid - Jan 10, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      if the Ducks made a trade, I bet it’d be closer to the deadline… but their record indicates that the team is just fine as it is.

      • rbbbaron - Jan 10, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        Given that they’ve got 3 serviceable goalies + a “highly touted 20-year-old” in the system, I can’t imagine they’d turn down any legit offers to unload some of that wealth. At this point they’re in a similar situation as St. Louis and later Ottawa were with Ben Bishop. Hiller is a UFA after the season but his 4.5mil cap hit makes him difficult to move considering most of the teams that are shaky in net are too close to the cap or otherwise pretty much expecting to miss the playoffs. Even Fasth’s 2.9mil might not have any takers given that he hasn’t been all that good this season (when he hasn’t been injured). If Ducks’ management can get a return for either of those guys, why not when Andersen is showing that he’s up to the task?

      • ibieiniid - Jan 10, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        I was apprehensive about believing they’re SETTING UP for a trade roster-wise, but I’m entertaining the idea that they’re gonna play Gibson for a game or two to test what they really have in him. you guys might have a point.

        I like making empty predictions that’ll be forgotten about before the time comes…. so I’ll go out on a limb and say that Fasth is an Islander next year.

      • flash8910 - Jan 10, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        The crazy thing is with the way Hiller is playing, the Ducks would be crazy to not resign him.

        Someone will be moved. It would be silly not to. Even having Andersen and Gibson split time in Norfolk is a waste. Gibson needs to play and play a lot. Andersen is more or less proven, and playing in the minors is just work to stay sharp.

        Hate to say it, but moving Fasth would be ideal, but his salary and injuries this year makes that pretty damn hard.

  2. ibieiniid - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    seems backwards. Gibson’s the one that needs the AHL time for now. I guess when Fasth is back, its a moot point anyway. Norfolk will go back to having the best tandem in the AHL. man, what a great spot the ducks are in.

  3. chauncey18 - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Andersen is going to Norfolk only to get more games, He is in tonight too. There is no benefit to him sitting on the bench when Hiller has been playing majority of games,,, and winning them. It would be nice to see Gibson get a game as he is pegged to be the future #1 goalie for the Ducks down the line…

    Side note: How ridiculous is it for a goalie to crack the NHL? It’s amazing how these players almost always spend years in AHL before coming up.

  4. flash8910 - Jan 10, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Why is it this is the only website that has this information? There is no news of this on the Ducks website or any other sports website?

    • flash8910 - Jan 10, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      Never mind, it just got posted.

  5. pfhockey - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    4 solid goalies, Ducks have a chance to improve their team here.

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