Gibson will take part in training camp with the Islanders, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Gibson logged just seven games with AHL Bridgeport last year before an injury cut his season short. The 24-year-old netminder is probably a long shot to beat out Jaroslav Halak for the No. 2 job in New York, so look for him to be back with the Tigers for the bulk of the 2017-18 campaign.
Gibson signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Islanders on Friday. Gibson was unable to crack the lineup in New York, as he spent the entire season down with the AHL's Bridgeport Sound. The 24-year-old was undefeated through six contests for the Tigers -- along with a 2.52 GAA -- and while he'll likely have to compete with Kristers Gudlevskis for the starting job in the minors, the Finn should exceed the half-dozen games he appeared in last year.
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.
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