Monster goes to Motown

- July 1st, 2012

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.

Categories: Hockey

Subscribe to the post

2 comments

  1. clyde4 says:

    Monster goes to a decent teaam that will help him with his confidence.No Wilson mind games.

  2. Bryguy says:

    Way to go Jonas. Finally your with a team who can develop your talents. Keep your eye on this trade Leaf fans as Toronto will probably wonder why their players excel under different managers and coaches. I always thought that Gustavsson was a fairly decent goalie, but just needed a bit of confidence boosting. He seemed to have the moves but seemed a bit stressed. Welcome aboard.

Leave a comment

 characters available