The Monster is still on the loose.
Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke was in Sweden again yesterday attempting to sign free agent goaltender Jonas Gustavsson, known in hockey circles as The Monster. However, Gustavsson's agent, Par Larsson, told Sun Media that despite Burke's best efforts to sign the Swede, the 24-year-old goaltender won't make a decision involving his future in the NHL for a few more days.
Larsson added that all four interested teams -- Toronto, Dallas, San Jose and Colorado -- are still in the mix, though the Avalanche may not be quite as eager after signing free agent goalie Craig Anderson to a two-year contract on Wednesday. Anderson spent the past three seasons with the Florida Panthers and ranked third in the NHL last season with a .924 save percentage. Peter Budaj was the Avs starter last season.
Gustavsson, generally considered the best goaltender outside of the NHL last season, posted a stellar 1.96 goals against average and .932 save percentage for Farjestads in the Swedish Elite League last season.
The Leafs are hoping to have Gustavsson back up starter Vesa Toskala next season.
As for what they might do if Gustavsson goes elsewhere, Dave Nonis, the Leafs' senior vice-president of hockey operations, said there are a number of ways the club could address that situation.
"But our primary goal is to get Jonas," Nonis said.