Leafs Report

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

NO RUSH FOR MONSTER

PHILADELPHIA -- The Maple Leafs are in no rush to begin negotiating a new deal with rookie goaltender Jonas Gustavsson.

To date, the Leafs have yet to hold preliminary discussions with Gustavsson, who looked shaky in a 6-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers last night at the Wachovia Center.

While the two sides could not hold talks under league rules until Jan. 1, the Leafs do not feel any pressure or urgency to get an extension completed in the immediate future.

Gustavsson has had an eventful rookie season, undergoing a pair of surgical procedures on his heart. And while he has played well at times, he still lacks the consistency needed to be a successful everyday NHL goaltender.

Because he is a restricted free agent at the end of the season, there is not much danger that he will be snapped up by another team before the Leafs lock him up.

The Leafs like what they have, but consider it to be beneficial for both sides to wait a little longer.

As for Gustavsson, he wished he could have a couple of the Flyer goals back last night.

"Maybe I might have stopped one or two," Gustavsson said. "They are a good team. They know how to pass the puck around very well."

ROWDY REMATCH?

Given the feisty nature of last night's game, it could be a rough and tumble night when these two teams match up again in a week.

Keep your eyes on the bubbling Colton Orr-Dan Carcillo feud. Jamal Mayers also was particularly feisty.


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