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Friday, July 4, 2014

Free Agency Update: Blue Jackets Sign Brian Gibbons

As the saying goes, "there ain't no rest for the wicked."  Despite a holiday the NHL moves on and the Penguins lose players.  This time it's Brian Gibbons.



Perhaps deemed unnecessary by the new front office after the retooled bottom six takes shape with players like Nick Spaling, Steve Downie, and Blake Comeau being added to a re-signed Marcel Goc, the speedy Gibbons, 26, makes his way to the improving Blue Jackets.

Gibbons
Part of the patchwork depth of last year's Penguins, Gibbons was a welcome addition to the team.  Effective for his speed and penalty killing ability the small Gibbons (generously listed at 5'8", 161 lbs) was like a water bug shooting around the ice.

Adding some offensive pop to a somewhat steady defensive mindset Gibbons had 5 goals and 17 assists in 41 games with the Penguins, his first playing time in the NHL.  His new team received a good look at Gibbons in last year's playoffs after he scored two short handed goals against Columbus in Pittsburgh's 4-2 first round series victory.

The Blue Jackets will be Gibbons' second NHL team.  He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Penguins in 2011 after a successful run with Boston College.

Gibbons' deal with Columbus is a one year, two way contract.  He should add depth to a team which recently swapped players with the Philadelphia Flyers, sending Plum native RJ Umberger for scoring threat Scott Harnett and allowing Penguins fans to continue to hate both.


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