Anaheim Ducks: John Gibson Deserves Better Effort from his Teammates

Goaltender John Gibson #36 of the Anaheim Ducks (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Goaltender John Gibson #36 of the Anaheim Ducks (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Can the Hart Trophy be given to a player whose team doesn’t make the playoffs? For the sake of Anaheim Ducks fans, let’s all hope so. Even with our surprising record of 3-3-2, it’s plain to see that the Ducks lack the necessary skill to compete. And this comes against the Arizona Coyotes; a team who struggles with similar issues.

At this point, Anaheim Ducks fans can hope for one of three things:

  1. A trade
  2. A coaching change
  3. John Gibson being handed hardware

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The Anaheim Ducks are being held together by John Gibson

There weren’t many bright spots during the Ducks Thursday night 3-2 loss in Arizona. In fact, I can’t recall a game in which professional hockey players have seemed any less interested in playing professional hockey.

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In a game where no team ever trailed by more than one goal, one could reasonably assume that the Ducks’ urgency would be palpable. This was not the case. With the game tied late, Anaheim took two avoidable penalties which led to Arizona’s game-winning goal. After that, the result was all but a foregone conclusion.

Gibson was pulled with under two minutes left, and with that went the Ducks hopes. To this point, the Ducks have only gone as far as Gibson has been able to drag them. He has been their undisputed MVP. His play has been head and shoulders above his peers.

Gibson’s frustration seemed to have boiled over in the third period after the Coyotes scored the go-ahead goal. He ended up tackling an opposing player which led to a team-wide scrum. His dejected body language showed near the end of the game. Why wouldn’t it?

Changed need to be made

The Anaheim Ducks front office maintains that they are in win-now-mode. However, their play on the ice has continually shown otherwise. Eight games should be enough to show promise offensively. Instead, the Ducks have shown time and time again just how much they depend on Gibson (Lord Gibson, MVP, whatever you want to refer to him by). This deceit shouldn’t continue much longer. Changes should be made, and justifiably so.

There is so much to unpack when it comes to the indifference that the Ducks portrayed. It is worrying to say the least, and it doesn’t bode well for anybody in the organization. In the interest of hope and optimism, I will mention the fact that there is time to right the ship. All is not lost, and reinforcements are presumably coming soon. If you’re feeling particularly down about Ducks’ hockey, there’s a lot of hope residing in San Diego.

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