By Eric Warren
In one of the most anticipated moves of the year, Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke has re-signed Jonas "The Monster" Gustavsson to a two year deal.
The deal will pay Gustavsson in the area of $1.25 million a season and it is expected that the signing will be made official soon.
Gustavsson is coming off of his first season as an NHL goalie. While he struggled out of the gate along with the rest of the team, after two minor heart surgeries and the arrival of veteran JS Giguere he certainly seemed to be finding his form.
The Monster finished the season with a record of 16-15-9, a save percentage of .929 and a goals against of 2.87.
This was a great deal for both sides.
Fueled by the knowledge that the number one spot on the Leafs roster is no longer a question mark the presence of a true veteran like Giguere and the incredible coaching of Alaire, look for the Monster to have an incredible season next year and be among the best in the league!
The two year deal is the ideal as it will allow Gustavsson to earn the raise that he will likely earn over the next two seasons.
It will also give GM Brian Burke the opportunity to gauge the team's future behind the Monster. Giguere is an un restricted free agent at the end of next season and likely won't be back as a Leaf.
That will probably thrust youngster James Reimer into the back up role in the second year of Gustavsson's new deal. An ideal situation for the Leafs to find out what Reimer can do at the NHL level.