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BLOG: Gustavsson knows role, ready to support

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers signed goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to a one-year contract on day one of the free agent frenzy, Friday.

The netminder has played 172 games in the NHL during his career, with stops in Toronto, Detroit and Boston. He had a .908 save percentage and 11-9-1 record last season with the Bruins.

Gustavsson is expected to compete with Laurent Brossoit for the backup spot on the Oilers, and he’s well aware of where he can make an impact.

“So far I’ve been having a great summer off the ice,” said Gustavsson. “I feel like I’ve been in better shape than I have been in the past. Things are going the right way so hopefully I can translate that into something positive on the ice as well. For me, I know I’m supposed to be a guy when the goalie needs a break or I’m needed, I’m just going to go out there and try and win as many games as possible. That’s what it’s all about. In the games you play, you want to be a factor in the team taking that next step and winning as many games as possible. That’s just what I want to be. I want to be one of those guys you can always count on.”

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