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from Damien Cox of The Spin,
Gustavsson, now 29, has been giving Detroit the backup goaltending every team would love to have. No longer anchored deep in his net, working with Wings goalie coach Jim Bedard seems to have produced a more aggressive and confident Gustavsson 4 1/2 yeas after he left Sweden for North America.
"It's always hard to compare. Maybe we play a little different game (in Detroit) too," Gustavsson said, asked if he was improved since his days in Toronto. "To be successful as a goalie, you need your guys to play well, and you need to work good together. It feels like I trust them and they trust me too.
"I pretty much know what they're going to do and they know what I'm going to do. That helps a lot, when everyone's on the same page.
"I want to be better and better. Hopefully I'm a better goalie than when I was in Toronto. I've been getting more experience. The more you play, the more you know what it's all about."
Gustavsson has worked diligently this season with Bedard, particularly on goalie-specific power skating.
via Toronto Maple Leafs tweet,
The #Leafs trade Jonas Gustavsson for a conditional 7th Rd. pick in 2013 to the #Jets
He will have UFA status on July 1st.
from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,
But if the Leafs aren’t questioning their goaltending publicly, you have to wonder what’s going on behind closed doors.
Jonas Gustavsson allowed a couple of softies against the Devils, including the winner by defenceman Mark Fayne at 1:18. The puck would have gone wide of the net had Gustavsson not tried to stop it. Earlier, a goal by David Clarkson skipped between Gustavsson’s legs, and the go-ahead score by ex-Leaf Alexei Ponikarovsky in the second period squeezed its way through Gustavsson’s pads.
Coach Ron Wilson said, “I don’t know” when asked after the game if he just rotates Gustavsson and James Reimer now until he finds a netminder who is capable of carrying the load.
Below, watch the ride Gustavsson can take Toronto fans on. First a series of great saves then the second video is the game wining goal in OT.
from Jonas Siegel of TSN,
They call him the most interesting man in the world.
“He’s so interesting it’s crazy,” Colby Armstrong exclaimed.
And much like the widely celebrated figure in the Dos Equis beer commercials, Jonas Gustavsson has evolved into a cult hero of sorts in the Maple Leafs dressing room.
“We bug him that he’s the most interesting man in the world,” Armstrong grinned, referencing the popular series of advertisements.
“Remember in the commercial, he’s like riding a horse on his bare feet, like standing on the horse and it’s running…I think Monster could do that. I think he could easily do that. He’s a master of so many things; he’s sick at ping-pong, golf, he can do anything and he just has his own style to doing it which makes him super-interesting. And he’s Swedish and quiet, so it’s just so mysterious you know what I mean?”
Now in his third NHL season, the 27-year-old goaltender from Danderyd, Sweden is finally finding his groove in Toronto, climbing past a string of adversity – prominently a series of heart procedures – which plagued his first two seasons as a Leaf.
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Friday that goaltender Jonas Gustavsson underwent a minor heart ablation procedure today in London, Ontario. The determination to have the procedure was made after Gustavsson was examined Friday by the same medical specialists that treated him in the first half of the 2009-10 season. He can begin workouts in seven days.
Gustavsson was assigned to the Toronto Marlies (AHL) for conditioning purposes on February 4. His conditioning assignment has been suspended and he has been placed on Injured Reserve.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
“It’s tough right now to judge (him) on wins and losses, because sometimes Jonas has played relatively good and he doesn’t win,” said Maple Leafs goalie guru, Francois Allaire. “We have to keep working, working, working. To make sure one day we can reach the consistency we need as a team.”
Slight translation: Until the Leafs get better, score more, tighten up defensively, the complete picture of Gustavsson as an NHL goalie will not emerge.
He is 62 games into his NHL career and even his coach isn’t completely certain of what to make of him. Sixty-two games should be enough to develop a book of some kind, but this story is incomplete and the final chapters, really, could go either way.
“For me, goalie wise, we’re going in the right direction,” Allaire said. “We see some progress. We see something better than last year. But we’re not able to show good stats yet.”
The statistics, unfortunately, are not good at all. Gustavsson is 40th among NHL goalies in wins, 39th in the very important save percentage category and 35th in goals against average. Right now, that is more Monstrosity than Monster. That would be fine if Gustavsson was a kid, but he’s not. He’s not Carey Price. He’s 26 years old. He has played his share of pro hockey.
from Mark Masters of the National Post,
Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonas Gustavsson was asked on Monday why, on occasion, he feels compelled to smash his stick on the net after allowing a goal.
“It’s always been part of my game,” said Gustavsson. “I think I do it less now than I did a couple years ago. Even my last year in Sweden I think I broke a couple sticks there, because I always want to compete, I always want to win and I don’t think it’s a frustrations [thing], I think it’s more that I compete.”
It was suggested to Gustavsson by a reporter that his net abuse may be setting a bad example for young players.
via a Darren Dreger tweet,
Jonas Gustavsson has agreed to a two year contract with the Maple Leafs.
added 10:42am, via TSN,
The contract still needs to be signed, but it’s believed to be in the range of $1.3 million to $1.5 million per season.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
There’s no question Gustavsson is agile and quick and aggressive. But a No. 1 goalie? That’s unclear, and there’s just no way the Leafs can go into next season just wishing they have quality netminding.
They hoped Vesa Toskala would bounce back strongly from off-season surgery, and Burke was as wrong on that as John Ferguson was on banking that Andrew Raycroft could replace Ed Belfour.
They can’t just hope Gustavsson can do it next fall. They have to know. That means the final 36 games have to include at least 25 Gustavsson starts, assuming he’s healthy enough, and then a cold, realistic assessment has to be done over whether he’s ready.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Gustavsson, this young into his career, doesn’t yet look the like real deal but he is more than inching his way in the right direction. His personal coach, Francois Allaire, thinks he is only scratching the surface of the kind of goalie he can be. He would like Gustavsson to be more steady, less spectacular, more focussed avoiding the bad goal against, less reliant like he was last night of having to be spectacular when it was necessary.
“After the first two goals against, he just took care of the rest of the business,” said Allaire, talking about his 3-2 win last night against the Florida Panthers. “He made a lot of special saves. Jonas is starting to understand how to win and in the NHL that’s a long process.”
This is just the beginning. The assumption is he will get better, which bodes very well for the Leafs future in goal. The assumption is, this is only the beginning of the learning curve. But that’s the rub with goaltenders. Just when you think you know, you don’t. Just when you think Jose Theodore is a most valuable player, he becomes unwanted in two other cities. The Patrick Roys and the Martin Brodeurs only come along once or twice in a lifetime.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Jonas Gustavsson will be lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs for at least a week because he requires a second surgical procedure in an attempt to fix a heart problem.
The rookie goaltender will undergo the procedure on Friday after experiencing a second episode of an elevated heart rate while playing hockey. Gustavsson, 25, had to leave Tuesday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens after the first period when his heart started racing.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
For the second time in less than three months, Jonas Gustavsson has been forced to seek emergency medical attention for his heart.
Anyway you cut it, that’s scary stuff, a situation that no pro sports team dares trifle with.
So as soon as Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson heard that the prize rookie goaltender’s heart was racing after playing an outstanding first period Tuesday night against the Montreal Canadiens, he didn’t wait to find out if Gustavsson could continue.
“I’m not going to be responsible for someone keeling over during a game,” said Wilson after the Leafs’ hard-earned 3-0 triumph. “The game’s not that important.”
Jonas Gustavsson started for the Leafs tonight in their game in Montreal, but when the 2nd period started, he was replaced byJoey MacDonald.
Report is Gustavsson has been taken to the hospital for observation.
added 9:14pm, TSN reports he had an elevated heart rate and with his history the best course of action was to be taken to the hospital for observation.
update 11:20pm, According to Jonas Siegel of AM640 in Toronto, it appears Gustavsson will be ok.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun via the Toronto Sun,
You see, it was Burke who threatened the Bruins with a Group II offer sheet before making a deal for winger Phil Kessel in September.
The Leafs could easily be sitting in the same position if they don’t get the 25-year-old Swede signed. Gustavsson, who is making $810,000 (all terms US) on a one-year deal this season, has emerged as the club’s No. 1 goalie ahead of Vesa Toskala.
There would be more than an NHL GM or two who wouldn’t mind put the screws to Burke by signing The Monster to an offer sheet worth $5 million a season.
Gustavsson was the most sought-after free-agent goalie on the market before he signed with the Leafs last summer. Every team in the league scouted him. Most made a pitch for him. The Stars thought Gustavsson was going to sign there to push Marty Turco for the job.
“Don’t think for a second there wouldn’t be a lineup of teams again offering up big money if he gets to restricted free agency,” said a league executive.
from Joe O’Conner of the National Post,
For about six years now, Jonas Gustavsson has been skinny. Not slender, just skinny. His legs are skinny. His waist and chest are skinny. And even his face is skinny. Dress him in a skinny black tie and a skinny black suit and Gustavsson would not look out of place in a jazz club full of New York hipsters, circa 1955.
“It doesn’t matter how much I eat or how much I practise—I get stronger, but I just can’t get any bigger,” says the Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender who begins each day with bacon and eggs, toast and an assortment of fruit, and ends it with a bedtime snack. “Everything I eat, I burn away. But I think this is the right way for me.”
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced that goaltender Joey MacDonald has joined the team on an Emergency Recall from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. Jonas Gustavsson was placed on Injured Reserve and is expected to miss at least one week with a groin injury.
from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,
The lanky free agent signee may have moved a big step closer to being one of the most promising in the league with his 15-stop performance.
It took him two nights—20 minutes on Friday and 40 more last night—but Gustavsson recorded a backhanded shutout, was named the game’s first star and will have tongues all around Leafs Nation wagging this morning.
As irrational as the debates will get, there was some added spice when starter Vesa Toskala let in a softy late in the first period on a shot he should have stopped.
Gustavsson had some Swedish accompaniment in one of the last bids to make an impression on management with the regular-season now just four sleeps away.
from Kevin McGran of the Toroto Star,
Jonas Gustavsson, the Maple Leafs’ hightly touted rookie goaltender, is out for two days after minor surgery today.
The Leafs said Gustavsson underwent cardiac ablation, which is a non-invasive type of heart surgery.
A Swedish source told Sportsnet the long awaited decision by Jonas Gustavsson is over as he’s decided to start his NHL career with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
An announcement is expected as early as today as “The Monster” signed off on a 1-year, $900,000 to start the 09-10 season backing up Vesa Toskola.
Jonas Gustavsson, the free-agent goalie from Sweden is going to wait until after July 1 to announce his decision.
Gustavsson’s agent Joe Resnick told Hockeycentral “It’s highly unlikely we’ll commit before 12 noon Wednesday. With so many teams potentially making major changes to their rosters, maybe it’s best to wait and watch it unfold first.”
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
OK, it’s gone a little too far I think. Jonas Gustavsson “The Monster”, the Swedish goalie who has yet to play a second of NHL hockey and is 24 years old, is being treated like the hybrid genetic offspring of Jacques Plante, Patrick Roy and Glenn Hall put together….
Listen, the guy really could be the next great NHL goalie. But all this fuss - with the Avs recruiting Peter Forsberg and the Maple Leafs doing the same with Borje Salming, in trying to sweet talk Gustavsson into signing with their old teams - well, it’s getting a little ridiculous now.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Jonas Gustavsson received the burgundy-carpet treatment from the Avalanche.
Gustavsson, the 24-year- old Swede considered one of the best goalies in the world not currently playing in the NHL, wrapped up an approximately 24-hour trip to Denver on Monday. The Avalanche is one of four NHL teams he is considering joining.
Denver was the first stop on his four-city North American tour that will proceed to San Jose, Dallas and Toronto.
continued and if you want to see Gustavsson in action, check out the video below…
via David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The Maple Leafs president and general manager is in pursuit of a Swedish goaltender nicknamed The Monster and planned to meet with him and his agent on Sunday in Copenhagen.
The Monster is 24-year-old Jonas Gustavsson, who was the talk of the Swedish Elite League playoffs. The 6-foot-4 Gustavsson registered five shutouts in 13 playoff games to lead Farjestad to the championship with a .961 save percentage.
Aftonbladet, a Stockholm newspaper, reported that Gustavsson, who is a free agent, has narrowed his NHL choices to the Leafs and the Dallas Stars.
Who is this Monster, watch below…
From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News:
For a number of veteran players, that elusive Lord Stanley is the one piece of the puzzle left in what could be a Hall of Fame career. Let’s look at the candidates.
Mats Sundin, Vancouver – As my colleague Brian Costello has posited in the past, Sundin is not quite a Hall of Famer just yet. But the way I see it, clinching a championship would put him in. The big Swede’s next goal will put him past former teammate Joe Nieuwendyk for 20th all-time in NHL history (Teemu Selanne passed both of them and Mike Bossy this year) and he also ranks 33rd overall in assists (passing Jean Ratelle, but getting passed by Mike Modano) and 25th all-time in points.
Stats aside, I really get the sense the Hall of Fame wants him in.
And while you’re at THN, you can check out Risto Pakarinen’s piece on Jonas Gustavsson, the netminder in the Swedish Elitserien finals, and on a record shutout streak which currently resides at 240 minutes and 25 seconds.