Tampa Bay inks likely No. 1 goalie for Syracuse Crunch

One day into free agency, it looks like the Syracuse Crunch’s goalie rotation is set for whenever the AHL season begins.

On Friday afternoon, Tampa Bay announced it has signed veteran goalie Christopher Gibson to a one-year, two-way contract. He will likely be the Crunch’s starting netminer.

Gibson, 27, appeared in 25 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL during the 2019-20 season, earning a record of 10-8-5 to go along with a 2.78 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.

The 6-foot-2, 207-pound goaltender has played in 14 career NHL games over three seasons, all with the New York Islanders, picking up three wins to go along with a .904 save percentage. Gibson has also appeared in 208 career AHL games over seven seasons with the Tigers and Toronto Marlies, compiling a record of 105-67-22 to go along with a 2.60 goals-against average, .911 save percentage and 11 shutouts.

The move comes hours after the Lightning announced it has re-signed Crunch backup Spencer Martin.