Weekly NHL Rumors – John Gibson to Edmonton Oilers?

Honestly, there’s so much going on around the NHL in terms of commercial talk, potential coaching appointments, and grumbling free agents that I’ve decided to raise my rumor blog to twice a week. There will be a lot of talk about the Oilers in each episode, but I’ll be sure to mix in the big stories from every team in the league and let you know how, or whether they can affect the Oilers.

Today, I start Anaheim’s talk about this goalkeeper John Gibson can be available. The John Gibson name carries a lot of weight throughout the league, which makes sense considering that between the 2015 and 2018 seasons, he had a savings ratio of 0.920 or better each year. He was a constant star on a team that was competitive. Fans tend to hold long memories of players like this, so when Gibson’s name appears, it makes sense that people would think he would be a good fit for the Oilers, who need a goalkeeper.

I’m here to say that a deal is unlikely and probably not something the Oilers will have to strive for so hard.

First, he reported to The Athletic that Gibson hadn’t told the ducks he wanted to be traded. So this is worth considering. This does not change the fact that ducks may be looking to cash in on their value.

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If so, they would have to ask Gibson to submit their ten-team no-trade list considering he is an American born player, it is fair to expect that some Canadian teams might be on that list. Just the way things usually go.

There’s also the fact that Gibson has been pretty average over the past few seasons. While his career savings ran at 0.915, he hasn’t had a single season above 0.905 since 2018/19. Now, part of that is due to the fact that the Ducks are in the bottom third of the league on shots against him, scoring chances against, and high stakes against Corsi in that period but there are people around the league who think Gibson has a losing move.

He could recover with a better team, like the Oilers, but there are risks involved here especially when you consider his contract.

Gibson, who turns 29 in July, has five more years on a $6.4 million contract. That’s a lot of money and frankly, I don’t think any UFA goalkeeper this year is getting any more than that. Darcy Comber, Jack Campbell, and Phil Hoso are all coming under this summer and won’t cost assets to buy them.

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If it was a choice between giving one of these three options to the AAV Free Agent worth $4-5.5 million or trading several high-quality assets to acquire Gibson at $6.4 million, I would choose the first.

That’s what I watch all over the league.

TROTZ-WATCH

Now all Winnipeg hockey fans are talking about Barry Trotz. There is a brewery that will offer him free beer if he agrees to be the next coach for the team. They want him bad.

The Jets are a great team to watch this summer because if they hold the right strings, they can definitely compete next season. Any team with Connor Hellebucyk is able to turn things around quickly. If they pull the wrong leads, they may be headed toward rebuilding, regardless of their head coach.

I’m fascinated to see what they’re doing with Mark Sheffley too. That relationship appears to have soured and he was No. 25 on Frank Serravalle’s first commercial goals list from the Offseason. They’ll probably get a nice comeback for him and might breathe new life into their locker room.

Apples want leaves

September 17, 2019; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Edmonton Oilers Defense Darnell Nurse (25) checks on Vancouver Canucks forward Elias Peterson (40) during the first period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Rutherford and Patrik Allvin will be very busy this summer, or at least plan to be busy. There is talk that Rutherford didn’t like the atmosphere around the locker room last season and wants to make some splashes.

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Is anyone safe? Well, it’s not clear but I’ll assume Elias PetersonAnd the Thatcher DemkoAnd the Queen HughesAnd the Bo Horvat They are not going anywhere. Anyone else can be treated very realistically.

this means Brooke Bowseran RFA commentator, along with JT Miller, Conor Garland and Tanner Pearson They could all be bait for the trade this summer.

The Canucks don’t have a lot of money to spend with only $10.59 million of projected space according to Cap Friendly and a potential eligible bid of over $7 million that need to come out to Brock Boeser if they want to keep it.

Lots of big decisions coming up in Vancouver that obviously have an impact on the Oilers as they will be competing against each other in the Pacific Division.

  • Elliot Friedman says so Jay LuachNate Lyman and Jim Montgomery They are vying for the Boston Bruins coach job.
  • Frank Serfali reports that John Tortorella and Barry Trotz made it to the finalists on Flyers Head Coaching.
  • Canadians are expected to consider trade Jeff Petri this summer.
  • The Bruins could be a team to watch this summer if Patrice Bergeron retired. Will they try to fill the void? Or buy in a little re-tools?
  • Pittsburgh Hockey Now says so Tyson Barry It could be a good option for the Penguins if they lose Chris Letang in free agency. I think this is a team to watch. In fact, there was quite a bit of chatter from a few different markets surrounding Bari.

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