The New Jersey Devils have announced that they are bringing goaltender Anders Lindback and center Brian Gibbons into training camp on professional tryouts (PTO).
— NJDevilsPR (@NJDevilsPR) September 16, 2016
The 28-year-old has bounced around on a series of one-year deals to backup at various teams over the last handful of years. During his career, he has spent time with the Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, Buffalo Sabres and, most recently, the Arizona Coyotes.
The 6-foot-6 netminder played just 19 games with the Coyotes last season and saw the opportunity to take a larger role with the team when starting goaltender Mike Smith was sidelined for a large part of the season with an injury. But Lindback struggled in Smith’s absence and opened the door for rookie Louis Dominque to prove that he’s ready to take on a larger role in the desert.
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Lindback posted an .894 save percentage in those 19 games.
27-year-old Keith Kincaid served as backup to Cory Schneider in New Jersey last season, but behind one of the league’s best goaltenders, there may not be much room for a backup to grab many games. Schneider will miss the start of training camp, as he is one of Team USA’s three netminders at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
— NJDevilsPR (@NJDevilsPR) September 15, 2016
The 27-year-old Gibbons has 66 games of NHL experience and last suited up in the league during the 2014-15 season for the Columbus Blue Jackets. He saw the bulk of his NHL experience come in the 2013-14 season when he played 41 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Over the course of his career he has posted five goals and 17 assists.
Gibbons spent last season in the AHL with the Hartford Wolf Pack, where he scored six goals and 17 assists in 63 games.
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