Leafs reach Monster deal

Jonas Gustavsson and the Leafs have agreed to terms on a two-year deal Thursday. (QMI Agency file)

Jonas Gustavsson and the Leafs have agreed to terms on a two-year deal Thursday. (QMI Agency file)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:53 AM ET

That didn't take long.

Just days after the Maple Leafs had cleaned out their lockers, the team has agreed to terms with goalie Jonas Gustavsson on a two-year deal reportedly worth in the neighbourhood of $1.35 million U.S. per season.

General manager Brian Burke and his right-hand man, Dave Nonis, obviously must have been impressed by Gustavsson's play down the stretch, including a late-season run in which he reeled off seven consecutive victories.

Despite being a restricted free agent this summer, Gustavsson's first priority was to remain a Leaf.

"I like it here. I like the situation. That's why I signed here in the first place," Gustavsson told the Toronto Sun earlier this week.

"I don't want to wait until August (to get a deal done) but I'm not stressed about it."

He didn't have to wait until August. He didn't even have to wait until the end of the week.

Gustavsson, 26, had quite the roller-coaster ride as a rookie, including two minor heart operations and a groin injury through the first half of the season. But, once healthy, he appeared to gain momentum, especially after the acquisition of veteran goalie J-S Giguere, a fellow disciple of Leafs goaltending consultant Francois Allaire.

"I watch (Giguere) in practice every day, every save, to learn about things like positioning," Gustavsson said. "It has helped a lot."

Gustavsson fittingly was chosen as Toronto's nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy, which recognizes perseverence, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

Nicknamed The Monster, Gustavsson went 16-14-9 with a 2.82 goals-against average and .904 save percentage this season.


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