With John Gibson emerging from the San Diego Gulls to become a regular start for the Anaheim Ducks, we all knew that his tandem with Frederik Andersen couldn’t continue for long. So the Ducks have shifted the Dane to give Gibson the undisputed role as their starting goaltender and made a nice bit of NHL Draft profit in the doing so. The new look Toronto Maple Leafs have recognised the strength of their young stars and prospect pool, and have used their somewhat surplus picks well. With Frederik Andersen in net, the Maple Leafs now have a solid foundation for their new team to develop on. This move will almost certainly see Alex Stalock hit the free agency, and Jonathan Bernier become second string before leaving Toronto at the end of next season when his contract expires. This will also give Garret Sparks more time to develop his game.
According to General Fanager, the Maple Leafs will be taking on Andersen’s full $5 million a season salary which continues for five more years. The Danish netminder’s current contract will conclude when he is 31-years-old. The Anaheim Ducks have received a first round pick – 30th overall, originally Pittsburgh’s – which gives them two selections in the first round, also going at 24th. In 2012 the Ducks selected Andersen in the third round, which was the keeper’s second time in the NHL Draft, after being selected by Carolina in the 7th round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. So they’ve already made a great amount of draft currency from the deal. But to add to that, Anaheim also received a 2017 2nd Round pick. The deal sees Toronto bring in firm stability in net, whilst the Ducks can now place full trust in John Gibson, excel his development, and they pulled two great picks.