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Chris Gibson inks extension with New York Islanders

January 2 2016: New York Islanders goalie Christopher Gibson (33) makes his NHL debut in the game between the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Photo by Justin Berl/Icon Sportswire)

The New York Islanders brought Finnish goaltender Chris Gibson into their system last fall, acquiring the netminder in the trade that sent Michael Grabner to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Now, the team has brought him back for another year.

It was confirmed by Arthur Staple of Newsday on Monday afternoon that the 23-year-old Gibson, who finished his 2015-16 season with 42 AHL games and four NHL games under his belt for the year, has inked a one year extension with the club. The deal is two way in nature; once it expires, the goaltender will once again be a restricted free agent.

Drafted 49th overall in 2011 by the Los Angeles Kings, the former QMJHL netminder was signed as a free agent by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2013. Since then, he has played for both Toronto and the Islanders, spending most of his time in the AHL or ECHL before getting his four-game debut in Brooklyn last year.

A native of Karkkila, Finland, Gibson was one of the last foreign goaltenders to play in the CHL before the major junior league put a ban on importing players in net. He remains a bit of a wild card for the Islanders, with less-than-ideal stats at the NHL level last year – but if he’s able to play well next year, he’s certainly not a bad depth option to keep around. 

With this deal signed, the Islanders have just two RFA’s left in their system that are not under contract for next year; Kirill Petrov is unsurprisingly not re-signed by the team, while Ryan Strome also remains without a deal for the coming season.

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