Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Swedish goalie set to enjoy his honeymoon

After a few weeks of negotiations the Maple Leafs have finally signed Swedish goalie Jonas Gustavsson to a one-year $900,000 contract (incl. signing bonus). I don't know why it's only one year, considering all the work that Burke put in to get this guy - but he's coming remarkably well regarded.

"Labeled the best goaltender outside of the NHL last season, the 6'3", 181 lb backstop was the top goalie in the Swedish Elite League last season while playing for Farjestad. He posted a 1.96 goals against average and a save percentage of .932 in the regular season, and led the team to the league championship this spring."

Now, is this an entry-level contract? Will he be a restricted free agent after a year? Why did he only sign for one year? Why wasn't he drafted?

Second - how will he respond when Burke starts calling him out, demanding that he perform better and work harder, after all of this swooning and coaxing he's put him through? After Burke pitches, negotiates and 'begs' this guy to come play for him, how will he respond when Burke starts trying to hold him accountable?

Again - why is it we've never heard of this guy before the Leafs started being interested in him? I mean, I trust the scouts out there - but where has this guy been hiding? There seems to be information missing from all of this.

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