Welcome |Account|Sign Out 
NEW! SIGN IN WITH YOUR SOCIAL PROFILE
OR
Username or EmailPassword
 
SHARE
Round 2
Round 3
Stanley Cup Final

Wild sign goaltender Johan Gustafsson to rookie contract

Thursday, 05.31.2012 / 9:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Wild have signed have signed rookie goaltender Johan Gustafsson to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The Wild announced the signing on Thursday, giving them five picks from the 2010 draft under contract. The 20-year-old Gustafsson had a 1.68 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage in the Swedish Elite League this season. He also helped lead Sweden to the gold medal at the 2012 world junior championship.

Gustafsson was a sixth-round pick in 2010. He will help add depth to the organization at goaltender behind Niklas Backstrom. It also could increase the likelihood that free agent veteran Josh Harding does not return.

Backstrom is entering the final year of his deal and the Wild also have Matt Hackett and Darcy Kuemper with their AHL team in Houston.

Playing for my favorite team growing up, I've probably scored that goal a million times in my driveway. It feels good to actually do it in real life.

— Dale Weise, who grew up a Canadiens fan, on scoring the overtime winner in Montreal's 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 1