Anaheim Ducks star goaltender John Gibson and his representatives are refuting a report that the netminder has asked the organization for a trade.
On an appearance on the Nasty Knuckles podcast on Saturday, DailyFaceoff's Frank Seravalli reported that Gibson is "not playing another game for the Anaheim Ducks" and has requested a trade out of town.
"How do you think John Gibson felt the last three of four years in Anaheim, just getting absolutely pummelled with shots on a nightly basis?" Seravalli said. "Knowing when you walk into the rink every day, that you have next to no chance to win."
But according to a statement released by Gibson's agent, Kurt Overhardt of KO Sports, Inc., the goalie never uttered those words.
"On behalf of and at the request of my client, John Gibson, we would like to clearly state this statement is false, unjust and inflammatory. Frank Seravalli did not reach out to the player nor myself to fact check the accuracy of this comment," the statement read.
"My client has never stated to any member of the Anaheim Ducks front office any such statement. John Gibson is honored to be a member of the Anaheim Ducks and is a committed supporter of its fanbase, as well as the Ducks' community."
Gibson has struggled since the 2019-20 season, as the Ducks have undergone an aggressive rebuild after years of contention in the Western Conference. In 52 starts last season, the 29-year-old registered a 3.99 goals against average and a .899 save percentage, both career lows. The Ducks led the league in shots against per game in 2022-23, allowing an astounding 39.1 pucks on net per night — a record in the salary cap era.
Anaheim finished dead last in the NHL last season with 58 points and a 23-47-12 record, and have failed to make the playoffs since the 2017-18 season.
Gibson owns a career record of 180-179-59, with a 2.83 goals against average and .912 save percentage. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native was the Ducks second round pick (39th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft.