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.
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.