Im just going to make this simple and say I will disagree with probably 90% of you when it comes to our goalie situation.
Gibson has shown growth each and every season. There were times where he could/would have also been brought back sooner if it wasnt for Berniers play. His injuries have become less frequent and I believe a lot of that has to do with maturity in goal and honing his craft. I do believe that his style is partly at fault for his injuries, and I think thats also why we've seen him evolve a bit in goal. I think he will always be a bit scrappy and unorthodox but if he continues to real it in like he did this year, I dont see injuries being as much of an issue. Gibson played 52 games. If it wasnt for Bernier being on a hot streak, he would have probably played 60. Part of it is situational.
Out of all goalies with a minimum 40 games, Gibson ranked 4th in sv% with a .924 and ranked 4th in GAA with 2.22 and was 6th in shutouts with 6. He was also starting the most games when the Ducks were looking like they werent even going to make the playoffs, and he still put up those numbers.
When we look at trends and patterns, Gibson has only gotten better and injuries less frequent. Doesnt mean injuries isnt a thing but hes trending int he right direction.
You wanna give out grades and rate Bernier as damn near perfect? Go for it. There is a reason Gibson played more games and was the starter int he playoffs. Bernier did a great job as a BACKUP. Not as a starter, a backup. He had glimpses where it looked like he could maybe be a #1, and then we saw the drop off. Bernier is a career backup now.
So sure, as a backup, Bernier, A-. As a starter, Gibson, with those numbers...?
they need to trade Gibson. He's too injury prone. That was my only reservation about committing to him long term. Look what happens, he gets injured during the conference final, an elimination game to boot. His health is unreliable, I don't want him as their #1 goalie.
He wasnt injured in an elimination game. He was injured in game 5. Part of the reason he was inured was because he got trucked 3-4 times the game before and then gets trucked again in game 5 while making some pretty damn nifty saves. But I digress.... Without even trying to debate here.... who becomes your goalie then? What are you trading Gibson for? What does your future in net look like?