UPDATE: Gustavsson is skating on the ice, and Ron Wilson has suggested he might be playing on Saturday despite just one practice. Also, rumors circulating Leafs could be after Frolov. Hockey Central at Noon suggests the possibility of Burke potentially sacrificing future in order to prevent Bruins from landing top 5 pick.
Jonas Gustavsson skated in a full practice with the team on Tuesday, but despite Ron Wilson believing he is potentially ready for Saturday night’s game, it’s more likely he’ll see action on Monday night instead.
The Leafs are still eagerly seeking their first win of the season, going 0-6-1 through their first 7 games, tying the 2nd worst start to NHL history of all-time. If the Leafs fail to win any of their next 4 appearances, they will tie the worst start in NHL history at 11 straight losses with the 1943-44 New York Rangers.
Wilson believes Gustavsson will get the start on Monday night when the Leafs visit the Anaheim Ducks. Gustavsson is 0-2 this season (credited with a loss iin the Capitals 6-4 win, he stepped into as Toskala was burned for 3 early) with a 3.02 GAA.
The Leafs defense core has been getting a bit better, but without solid and consistent goaltending, the team will continue to struggle. I am sure many players are hoping the Monster can step in and immediately provide some confidence in net so the others can start to play their game more effectively. Without solid goaltending, it’s hard to critique the play of any player as they could merely be lacking the confidence to adequately play their own game with the constant thought that the next shot against is going in.
Ron Wilson hopes to instill some confidence and a breath of fresh air in his club on this trip. Hopefully the Leafs can makes some good out of having a week off from their loss against the New York Rangers.
Also, to see the absolute hit of the season, click here and watch Willie Mitchell “Erase” Jonathan Toews.
Micheal A. Aldred