January 27, 2010
By TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency
Jonas Gustavsson realizes the final 28 games of the regular season are crucial.
Not so much for the Leafs to try to make the playoffs, as even a hot streak or two probably would not be enough for Toronto to make a serious playoff run.
But Gustavsson will be given a prime opportunity to show he can be the Leafs' goalie of the future.
"I know it is a big part of the season for me coming up," Gustavsson said. "My contract is up after the season and I know I have to play good to show I want to stay here.
"When I signed here, I did not look for a one-year situation, even though it was a one-year contract. I saw a bright future and I chose here. I am happy I did that."
RED'S ALL RIGHT
Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi surprised some when he said recently that Kings defenceman Jack Johnson did not grow as a player under legendary coach Red Berenson at the University of Michigan. Leafs defenceman Mike Komisarek also played for Berenson.
"He is one of the best coaches I ever had," Komisarek said. "He develops guys and puts them in the NHL, and he made me a better person. He set the foundation for players like myself and Jack Johnson and many others in the NHL."