The club's starting netminder has been sidelined with a hip and groin injury and has only played three games since returning from the world junior hockey championships, where he led the United States to a gold medal.
"He’s doing his therapy and getting stronger every week," said Spott.
The Rangers plan to get the netminder back skating this week for the first time in about a month.
The team is taking extra time with Gibson and is in no rush to get him in game action since the injury affects such a key area for goalies.
"You have to (take it slow) for a lot of different reasons," said Spott. "The position that he plays is number one. Number two, the amount of games he could play in the playoffs. It’s almost every second night.
"We want to make sure that when he gets back that he’s healthy and ready to go."
The team has the luxury of being cautious since interim goalie Joel Vienneau is holding down the fort. The backstopper is 9-2-0-3 since being acquired by the Sudbury Wolves near the OHL's trade deadline.
"The way Joel is playing right now, we can be selfish," said Spott.
Meanwhile, centre Tobias Rieder is expected back Friday when the club hosts Saginaw at the Aud. Rieder has missed the past three games with minor injuries suffered in a car accident late last week.
As mentioned a few posts down, centre Radek Faksa (knee) is also improving and expected to skate this week for the first time in about a month. The Czech import suffered a MCL injury Jan. 19 and ws originally slated to miss 4-6 weeks, but appears ahead of scheddule.