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Jackets sign Gibbons (a.k.a. the little guy that played with Crosby sometimes)

Jul 4, 2014, 12:17 PM EDT

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed speedy, diminutive forward Brian Gibbons to a one-year, two-way contract.

Gibbons, originally an undrafted free-agent signing out of Boston College, made his NHL debut last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins, scoring five goals and 12 assists in 41 games. The 26-year-old also had 30 points in 28 games with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

When he was up with the big club, Gibbons spent time on Sidney Crosby‘s line.

“Sid’s a guy that needs a couple things —or he wants a couple of things — with his line,” then-Pens coach Dan Bylsma said in March. “And that’s speed, and he wants someone to force the issue. He likes someone to attack with speed and create turnovers, create [loose] pucks. That’s what ‘Gibby’ brings. He’s got some pretty fast wheels.

“Do you view Brian Gibbons as a skilled, top, No. 1 right wing in the league? I don’t think so. But he does bring that speed. He brings that energy, and he brings it and helps his line that way.”

Obviously, Gibbons won’t have Crosby to play with in the Jackets’ organization, but that’s a good scouting report anyway.

  1. bencia823 - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    so, what’s his salary going to be. I guess this is like a de facto Gibbons for Comeau swap

  2. jpen66 - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    I’m disappointed. I thought Gibbons would be a great 3rd line forward. His speed is tremendous and on the pk he was dangerous. Can’t believe the Pens didn’t re-sign him, especially since all he got was a 2 way deal from Columbus.

  3. steelcity333 - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Oh my God the Penguins lost another top 6 forward. They’re finished, have no shot next year.

    • stixzidinia - Jul 4, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      Have you not paid attention to the bottom 6 guys they GAINED? Their bottom 6 is far better already than it was last year.

      • steelcity333 - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:05 PM

        It was sarcasm. Losing Gibbons is insignificant. We’ve gained more than we’ve lost so far. At least in my opinion. Bottom six is FAR better than it was last year.

  4. blynasty - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    This makes me sick. As hard as they played us last year the playoffs and they get another guy who is hard to play against. We draft all forwards this yeah, yet we can’t retain any of out young talented forwards coming from WBS. This is going to be a tough one to forget.

    • c9castine - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      move on buddy. gibbons was really the only thing down there worth a damn this year and he doesnt fit the penguin’s true needs.

      we resigned Sill because he showed promise as a tough 4th liner who can kill penalties well. other than that, there was nobody down there worth keeping around. infuse some fresh talent.

      i wanna see josh archibald and oskar sundqvist play a full year in the AHL i think those guys have some promise as skilled forwards.

      • blynasty - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:10 PM

        Honestly I liked everything about the guy. His demeanor was always so serious. He played the game hard. He was like a smarter version of Tyler Kennedy. We did get some bottom 6 guys with a little more size to replace him, but I saw him as a replacement to a guy like Craig Adams which every coach relies upon. Gibbons has the potential to make a name for himself, but will likely be another face in the crowd of similar guys in Columbus.

      • c9castine - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        he and craig adams couldnt be different players.

        that being said, Gibbons was really dangerous on the penalty kill where as adams was basically just a body to block shots. adams also seems to have developed this ridiculous inabilty to clear pucks on the PK whereas in his past, he was clutch in situations like that.

        i think differently. hell make a name for himself in columbus, a bit like letestu, where he will be given responsibility and an opportunity to create offense.

      • blynasty - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:54 PM

        I’m not saying they are the same player, just a guy you can use in defensive situations where you know they will make the smart play. I think Comeau has the reputation for that sort of responsibility but this Gibbons grew up through our system. Either way I hope you agree with the fact that we are tying up some of the loose ends we have shown in our recent playoff history. It all flows through the coach, but we are getting tougher and smarter. Next season will all come down to Fleury’s performance in a contract year and Malkin’s ability to form chemistry with new linemates (pretty much an every season ritual). I’ve heard some of the more inexperienced fans mention the world rebuild, when I believe we are in more of facelift mode than a rebuild mode.

      • c9castine - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:55 PM

        yeah i agree the people who think this is a rebuild didnt show up until 2008

  5. c9castine - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    look i liked gibbons a lot. hes not just fast, he has really good hands and playmaking ability and yes, hes fast as can be. he gets on top of players on the forcheck so quickly they mistakes.

    its kinda like that bit from George Clooney in “Men Who Stare at Goats” where he talks about diving head first at somebody with a gun pointed at you, flailing around in hopes that youll surprise or confuse them and regain the upperhand.

    well thats what Gibbons does. he gets on people so fast they are like “what the hell? whered he come from?” and make mistakes with the puck.

    i wanted him signed but i also knew he is not what the penguins need. i think hell become a succesful 3rd line type NHL hockey player he can certainly score 15 goals 35 pts a year if given opportunity.

  6. milkmemalkin - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    He was only good because he played on a good team. Let the rats eat the leftovers.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      I watched that guy and thought he was a real up and coming talent see if your same theory applies to downie who really really really stinks

    • dmarado - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      Those rats ate your golden boys’ lunch in the playoff. Columbus plays exciting hockey, sounds like they got another player who does the same. Have fun under-achieving yet again.

  7. timmons94 - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Gibbons is a solid player.. Good pick up for jackets. Not sure why the hate for Brian. Good kid. Good player

    • c9castine - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      something really likable about a 5 foot 6 undrafted player who scores his first NHL goal and doesnt even crack a smile, like business as usual.

  8. killerpgh - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    When he first came up I didn’t think he had a chance of making it in the NHL. Now I’m a little disappointed to see him not resign. He isn’t a player that is really going to be missed. But he was a nice injury replacement, depth forward.

  9. blackraven1313 - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Let’s see what he does without Sid as his center.

  10. godkram - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    was hoping the pens were going to resign gibbons… bummer…. you will like him blue jackets, the kid got some wheels.. not much of a checker, but that is something u guys don’t need

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