Maple Leafs sign Finnish goaltender Christopher Gibson

Cam Charron
July 19 2013 03:21PM

Per the Internet, which is always a wonderful source... 

A signing like this normally wouldn't warrant a post, but it's worth pointing out that in all the hemming and hawing about the Canadian Hockey League's ban on imported goaltenders, Christopher Gibson was actually the only import taken in the first two rounds of the draft in the last six years.

Gibson had a .920 save percentage in 2011, the year he was taken 49th overall by Los Angeles. His next two years he fell off the map, posting .893 and .902 rates with Chicoutimi. That was good enough for 6th in the QMJHL last season, but not high enough to inspire enough confidence in the Kings, who failed to sign him to a deal.

Actually, the only noteworthy thing about him is that while his name is "Gibson", he plays for Finland, and is listed as being born in the small Southern Finnish town of Karkkila. The Leafs don't have a lot of prospect goalies in the system, with Garret Sparks as the only one listed, so I have no problem with the Leafs burning a contract on a goalie who can step in as an AHL backup next season.

As a player born at the tail-end of 1992, however, he is ineligible to return to junior hockey. Welcome to the Maple Leafs, latest product of the Finnish goaltending factory:

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#1 Badger M
July 19 2013, 04:34PM
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Habs just traded Carey Price in a three team deal with Buffalo and the Oilers , he is going to Edmonton, Montreal gets Ryan Miller and Vanek, and the Sabres get Dubniak, Gionta, Eberle, and Habs prospect McCarron

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#2 firenonis
July 19 2013, 05:02PM
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So Nonis has so much confidence in Bernier that he goes and gets another back up. Another terrible move by Nonis and another nail in the coffin for Reimer. To me his stats look like Biggs long lost brother. The leafs are going to terrible in a few years.

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#3 firenonis
July 19 2013, 05:02PM
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So Nonis has so much confidence in Bernier that he goes and gets another back up. Another terrible move by Nonis and another nail in the coffin for Reimer. To me his stats look like Biggs long lost brother. The leafs are going to terrible in a few years.

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#4 firenonis
July 19 2013, 07:05PM
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And more bad news. Nonis let Kostka walk and he signed with the Hawks. Nonis looks silly here - Kostka is not good enough for leafs but is good enough for the cup winner. Koksta was a key cog in the leaf defense when Gunnar got injured and was a major reason the leafs fell apart against the Bruins when he got injured. How many more mistakes will leaf nation tolerate before they rise up and demand that Nonis and Carlyle be replaced!

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#5 Badger M
July 19 2013, 10:31PM
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Somebody's still impersonating me for some reason. I made an account, look for the avatar to confirm it's me.

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#6 Lemming
July 20 2013, 03:03AM
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@Badger M

It's ok, he's doing a really terrible job of it.

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#7 Lucius
July 20 2013, 04:53AM
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I do not think he will be the NHL backup he seems to be more of a mark owuya replacement.

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#8 Phrankie
July 20 2013, 12:09PM
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Some say you can never have too many goalies but this now means either him or Sparks is going to be playing in the ECHL. Not a big issue if the Leafs had an ECHL team but they still don't have one.

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#9 alan d.
July 20 2013, 02:28PM
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christopher gibson is a man of great calibre, he will be the leafs number 1 center in the future, i guarantee it

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#10 i_miss_mogilny
July 20 2013, 11:03PM
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I MIGHT BE DRUNK ON ov , thus the early capitals, but I think the fuss about import goalies is not that they are not getting drafted, but that they are eating up spots in the development league....and not getting drafted!

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#11 The_Boat_Burner
July 21 2013, 11:52PM
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firenonis wrote:

And more bad news. Nonis let Kostka walk and he signed with the Hawks. Nonis looks silly here - Kostka is not good enough for leafs but is good enough for the cup winner. Koksta was a key cog in the leaf defense when Gunnar got injured and was a major reason the leafs fell apart against the Bruins when he got injured. How many more mistakes will leaf nation tolerate before they rise up and demand that Nonis and Carlyle be replaced!

I reckon that you're the resident troll 'round these parts? pretty lame... Kostka is a 5th or 6th d-man on most teams, however he was capable of playing big minutes due to his extensive experience in the AHL playing that role. I liked the guy but he is by no means a big loss to the team. it's funny how we tend to overvalue players in this market due to unseen intangibles.. Nonis and Carlyle are doing great so far. your whole shtick is pretty lame and unwarranted.. Grow up Sir!

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