Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Thursday that the hockey club has signed restricted free agent goaltender Jonas Gustavsson
to a new two-year contract.
“We are extremely pleased to have signed Jonas to a new two year deal,” said Burke. “He made very good progress as the season went along and we are really looking forward to seeing him reach his full potential with us.”
Gustavsson, a 25-year-old native of Danderyd, Sweden, made his his NHL debut in 2009-10 by appearing in a team-high 42 games in net. He posted his first NHL shutout on December 19 versus Boston and he combined on another at Montreal on December 1. Gustavsson tied a club record for most consecutive wins (seven) by a rookie goaltender from March 6 to 27. During that span, he stopped 183 of 197 shots for a .929 save perecentage and a 1.93 goals against average. He was named to Team Sweden for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and later posted a win in his lone start at the tournament in Vancouver.
Gustavsson overcame two heart ablation procedures in the Fall and a five-game absence due to a groin injury (5 games) in October to earn the team’s nomination for the Bill Masterton Trophy awarded for 'perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey'.
Gustavsson originally signed with the Leafs on July 6, 2009. In 42 regular season games with Farjestads in the Swedish Elite League in 2008-09 he registered four shutouts and led the league with a 1.96 goals against average and a .932 save percentage. The netminder also led Farjestads to a 2008-09 Swedish Elite League Championship after allowing just 14 goals in 13 playoff games and posting a 1.03 goals against average, a .961 save percentage and five shutouts.
Internationally, Gustavsson won a bronze medal with Sweden at the 2009 World Championships in Switzerland. In five games he posted a 3-2-0 record with a 2.83 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. He also expects to play for Sweden at the upcoming World Hockey Championships in Germany.