Good for Jonas Gustavsson.
For various reasons – health, on-ice struggles, not seeing eye-to-eye with goaltending coach Francois Allaire – it never really worked out for the Swede in Toronto in three seasons.
Now, the Monster, a nickname he was given in Sweden before he stepped foot on an NHL rink, will get a shot at picking up his career in Detroit. Gustavsson will be paid $1.5 million US in each of the next two years, primarily to back up Jimmy Howard with the Red Wings.
Gustavsson spent too many days in Toronto, especially this past season, trying to put his confidence back together. Many in the NHL figure he was stunted because he wasn’t able to rely on his athletic ability, with Allaire emphasizing the technical side.
With the emergence of James Reimer and Ben Scrivens, Gustavsson had to know his days in Toronto were done.
Because the Winnipeg Jets were unable to sign Gustavsson after acquiring his rights from the Leafs for a seventh-round pick, the pick will stay with Winnipeg.