Gibson agreed to terms on a new one-year, two-way deal with New York on Monday. Gibson will face a preseason battle with fellow netminder Thomas Greiss for the back-up role behind Jaroslav Halak (groin) who is expected to be back to 100 percent for the start of the season. Gibson made just four appearance in the NHL last year, but has been solid for AHL Bridgeport as he posted a 19-11-6 record with a 2.70 GAA and a pair of shutouts.
Gibson has been reassigned to AHL Bridgeport Sound on Tuesday. With two healthy netminders already on the depth chart, the demotion of Gibson should not be considered an indication that Jaroslav Halak (groin) is nearing a return, but rather the fact that the Tigers have dropped their first two Calder Cup games and could use the help in the crease. The 23-year-old was unimpressive in his four NHL appearances as he went 1-1-1 with a 3.40 GAA, but fared significantly better with a .909 save percentage in 42 contests.
Gibson entered Sunday's 5-2 loss to Philadelphia in the second period and allowed three goals on 18 shots. With starter Thomas Greiss struggling early, Gibson was called upon to step into a game in which the Islanders had scratched most of their top players. Sunday marked the fourth straight game in which Gibson has allowed at least three goals. With the Islanders heading into the postseason, Gibson will likely remain on the bench unless needed in an emergency situation.
Gibson gave up four goals on 26 shots in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to Buffalo. In just his second career start, Gibson allowed three or more goals (although his last game was against Washington and he won in overtime). The 23-year-old netminder has been pressed into action with Jaroslav Halak (groin) ailing, but with just three appearances this season, there's not enough to gauge his talent level in the NHL. New York has a decision to make as they prepare for the playoffs.
Gibson will man the crease against the Sabres on Saturday. Gibson gets his second career start to close out the regular season. If Jaroslav Halak (groin) remains sidelined, it is unclear if the Isles will turn to Thomas Greiss full time for the postseason or if the 23-year-old will continue to split time. In terms of fantasy value, when you consider a full slate of NHL action Saturday, you may want to find a more established starter for your daily lineups.
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