Leafs Report

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:39 AM ET

MONSTER LIKES T.O.

Jonas Gustavsson wants to stay in Toronto.

Having signed a one-year deal with the Maple Leafs this past summer, Gustavsson is eligible to become a restricted free agent July 1.

Although the Leafs were allowed to begin negotiating with him about an extension as of Jan. 1, management wants to see how the rookie goalie fares in the coming weeks before opting to discuss a long-term commitment.

"I haven't been thinking about it much, to be honest," Gustavsson said yesterday.

"Of course, I like it here. And I wouldn't mind staying. Absolutely not.

"Being here would be a great thing for me."

Gustavsson understands the odds of an extension will increase if his play improves.

"There is plenty of hockey left to play," he said. "It's up to me, too. If I play good it's better for me. I just have to play good and the rest will come."

BACK IN BLUE

Look for rookie defenceman Carl Gunnarsson to be back in the Leafs lineup tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers if he receives medical clearance as expected.

Gunnarsson has been out for six weeks with a hyperextended elbow injury, an ailment he suffered in early December.

"I just want to get back in there," Gunnarsson said after practising pain-free at the Mastercard Centre yesterday.

"It's tough being hurt and watching. I'm very eager to play. I've learned a lot of things out there this year and hopefully I can keep it going.

"I'm looking forward to playing again."


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