Report: Gustavsson Likely to Sign in Toronto
According to Swedish sports newspaper Aftonbladet, the Maple Leafs are frontrunners for the services of Farjestads goaltender Jonas Gustavsson as the 24-year-old sets his sights on crossing the pond for the ’09/’10 season.
In 42 games this season for Farjestads, Gustavsson posted an impressive regular season stat line that includes a 1.66 goals-against-average and a .932 save percentage. In the playoffs, Gustavsson tore it up to the tune of 5 shutouts, a 1.08 GAA and a .961 SV% en route to a SEL championship (12-1 playoff record). His form this season has also earned him an appearance for Team Sweden in international competition.
According to the newspaper, Leafs’ goalie coach Corey Hirsch has been in regular contact with Gustavsson and his agent attempting to secure his services for next season. Hirsch, having played a few bouts over in the SEL during his playing career, is said to be a well-known name in the Swedish hockey market, which is no doubt playing in the Leafs’ favour as they attempt to import some netminding support for next season. We’ve seen a few instances in only a small period of the new management era the benefits of having estimable names in the front office of your hockey club (thinking the Bozak, Hanson and potentially now Gustavsson signings). We’ve also seen the incidental advantage of a roster lacking depth in talent. Gustavsson, like Hanson and Bozak, is said to be attracted to the opportunity to immediately challenge for significant minutes in Toronto.
Turning towards the European market for some goaltending help isn’t uncharted territory for Burke. He hit a homerun a few years ago in his signing of Jonas Hiller out of Switzlerand, who has posted solid numbers on split duty in Anaheim this season. It’s clear Burke and co. have a similar vision for Gustavsson, who Bill Watters reported today on Leafs Lunch as having broken a number of Henrik Lundqvist’s former records in the SEL this season. The comparisons to Hiller may not end there, as both are sizable ‘tenders that fill a lot of net.
The struggles of both Justin Pogge (at the NHL-level) and Vesa Toskala this season have no doubt necessitated a move for some between-the-posts support for next season. Toskala needs a stronger push than he received this season in the form of a ramshackled CuJo and Pogge doesn’t appear to be up to the task just yet. Gustavsson’s goalie coach has been quoted as suggesting his student’s achieved as much as possible in the SEL from a personal stand-point. He’s certainly an intriguing prospect with a lot of upside, and if Burkie gets his man, hopefully we’ll see him take the next step in a Leaf uniform.
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Dead_Prez – Waiting to see if Gustavsson is asked to play for Team Sweden at the World Championships… if he is, there is some condition that he can’t sign with an NHL team until after the tournament (mid-May-ish) from what I’ve heard.
This guys numbers seem to good to be true…..I just hope that the Leafs can sign this guy and that his numbers can translate over the pond. Hanson, Bozak, Gustavsson, and a solid blue chipper in the first round? Who needs UFA’s?!?! Go Leafs Go!
I don’t know how many of Burke’s signings/trades, etc., pan out, but no matter the outcome the guy has earned big timepoints with me for his ability and desire to take the road less travelled, and think outside of the box.
Imagine both him and Gilroy signed….I bet the NHL would change the rules making it so teams couldnt completely sweep the UFA collage/europe players like Toronto would have this year lol
http://www.dn.se/sport/ishockey/toronto-narmar-sig-jonas-gustavsson-1.842369 New article about Gutavsson and toronto, a meeting between Burke and Gustavsson(agent) supose to go down today in Copenhagen. -A dream come true (Gustavsson about possible playing for toronto) Dallas supose to be runner up…
this in all do regards would be a totally awesome siging for the leafs if they can secure gustavssons services and would definetly push toskala next year with the leafs sigings of bozak hanson and possibily gilroy brian burke is rapidly filling our cupboards with goaltending in mind dont count out the leafs drafting mikko koskinen from finland in the 2nd round either these are beginning to be exciting times being a leaf fan burke and company are showing signs of being an elite management group
I think Gilroy is the real deal, i mean 3 or 3.5 mil per year for the next 3 or 4 years could be worth it for the Leafs. I mean a puck moving D, playing 25 – 30 min a game. I take my gamble. Leafs taken on worse gamble before, so i think it is perfectly fine. I don’t think we should trade away Toskala becuase Gustavsson (if he signs), they can be in competition, which will bring the best in both of them. Also it push Pogge to be better (5 goals on 18 shots in an important AHL game) that is unacceptable. Gustavsson can step up if Toskala continues to struggle, or they can share duty for awhile, then trade Toskala for a #1 pick at the deadline.
@Roger Boucher, Gilroy is not signing an entry level contract therefore he can’t get bonuses so whichever teams signs him will have to sign him for the bucks and hope he performs to expectation. IMO, if the asking price is 3 million for an offensive defenseman unproven at the NHL level I think the Leafs should steer clear.
Keeps – Grabs, Poni, Kuli, Whitey, Strally, Cool Hand, Finger, Haggy, Blake, May (1m/yrs), Mitchey, Tlusty, Frogren. Outs (trades/buyouts/FA)- Stajan, Mayers, Stempniak, Karbele, Kubina, Toskala (if we sign Gustavsson and he’s the next Lundquist), Hollweg, Kolzig. Ins – Phalsson (2m/3yrs), Franzen (3m/4yrs), Gilroy (4m/3yrs/Bonus Full), Rupp (2m/3yrs), Clemenson (2m/3yrs). Drafts – B.Schenn, M.Koskinen (another Monster type player like Gustavsson) and D.Kulikov with our second 1st rnd pick we get for Kabs or Kubs. Up and comings – Stalberg, Hanson, Bozak, Stefanovich, Berry, Stapleton, D.Mitchell, DiDomenico, Reimers, Pogge, Tlusty, Sifers, Oreskovic, Hamilton. 2009/2010 Cntr – Wngr – Wngr J.Mitchell – Blake – Hanson Bozak – Franzen – Hagman Grabovski – Kulimen – Ponikarovsky May – Phalsson – Rupp Schenn – Gilroy White – Stralman Finger – Frogren Gustavsson Clemenson In a dream this would be how i’d wheel and deal before next season.
SCOT – your bang on. I hate it when people say sign Ja-bo….not worth it by a long shot. Cammillari would be good but nothing above 5 mil MAYBE 5.5….one great season does not get you a large contract and I dont think hes a franchise player. If we go for a UFA, we should go for Nash, or try to trade for Vinny before his NTC kicks in IMO
Anything to get more depth at that and all positions is great. He is roughly the same age as Pogge and he might be a great backup for Toskala giving him 30+ games to see what he can do. Competition is never a bad thing. Once again this would be like getting a 1st or 2nd rounder for nothing. Also if we did get him he would be around 900K per year as an entry level contract. Pretty cheap risk to see what he can do.
I agree, I don’t think we should run at Cammalleri or Jabo. I don’t think either are elite players that you structure you team around. And they will be demanding that kind of money. We still need to draft a couple of top 7 picks. One this year and one next year. We need a franchise type player from the draft. The sooner the better. Next year we need another very young team. Grabovski, Kulemin, Tlusty, Bozak, Mitchel, Hanson, Stajan, Schenn, White, Oreskevic, Stralman. Next year we have to be in the lottery for the top pick.
Said it before, say it again…. no Cammellari, no Beaumeester. . Burke will go after under 30 players with Hagman type contracts. . Expect a big effort on Franzen. Beauchemin. Maybe Anderson (G) from Florida… but not if they get this kid from Sweden. . Cheers. . Apologies for spelling this fine morning. It’s only names and you all know who I mean :)
@ Patrick April 9, 2009 5:03 pm @ bensebe, you took the words right out of my mouth. youtube samples mean nothing. . ———– . Have to disagree with you on that one Patrick. YouTube samples mean a lot. Unless the subject in question has a large group of Lovers/Haters. …. with the / being an implicit OR. . If they have both the samples are still valid. . Cheers
@ Leafs Talk & Rumours April 9, 2009 4:28 pm How many contracts can we take on still? And does anyone know a website that lists all of the professional contracts the Leafs have right now? . —————– . Best sight I have found for contract and cap stuff is nhlnumbers.com … It only lists AHL contracts if the player plays in the NHL… cause it doesn’t count against the cap if they are playing in the AHL. The AHL doesn’t have a cap. (Shhh) that might be next in Bettman’s agenda. . Cheers
Alec, I guess your too big to answer your emails. The one asking about asking Burke about Kassian. It’s ok though, karma has it’s ways you shall see.
^^ I would be a fool to argue that we should take Cam over Nash. Nash is definitely the guy we should be looking for next year… but it depends on how much Cam wants… I agree if he’s going to ask for 6 mill than he can look elsewhere cause he’s not that good.
@king, i like Nash better because he is from Brampton…and it would just extra sweet for him to play in the blue and white. Cammalleri is not a good fit in Toronto, we don’t have a player like Ignila to give him all those great passes. He is a great scorer, I don’t think he is worth the money he will getting (TSN said around 5.5 M – 6.5 M) I rather wait a year, and give a long and nice contract to Nash (7 year for 56M). I think we have enough potential snipers in the farm team and all these young kids right now, I just think Nash is a better fit!
Don’t worry about these contracts counting against the total 50, since they won’t play this year their contracts don’t count yet.
If we manage to sign this guy I’m going to absolutely take a shit! Then run down the streets of Edmonton with no pants on and my Schenn jersey!!!
ROFL @ k^2… with your theory regarding Cammalleri having stayed in the western conference all his life, what do you think Nash has done his whole career? He’s stayed in the western conference all his life as well LMAO….. Sorry wasn’t trying to be mean or anything… just stating the facts that’s all.