February 4, 2011
Leafs loan Monster to minors
By MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency
TORONTO - As expected, The Monster will attempt to restore his roar with the Toronto Marlies.
With rookie James Reimer quickly becoming the toast of the town after blanking the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 on Thursday, the Maple Leafs announced Friday morning that struggling second-year goalie Jonas Gustavsson has been lent to the team's American Hockey farm club "for conditioning purposes."
The decision required the permission of Gustavsson, who reluctantly admitted prior to the all-star break that he would be open to such a move. Without his approval, the Leafs would have had to risk putting the young Swede on waivers in order to assign him to the Marlies, a move which likely would have seen him snapped up by another team.
"I trust Brian Burke. He knows what is right for the organization. If they want me to do something, of course I will do it," Gustavsson said last week.
Gustavsson has played in 23 games for the Maple Leafs this season and has registered a record of 6-13-2, a goals-against average of 3.29 and a save percentage of .890, numbers that are significantly below what both the Leafs and Gustavsson himself expected.
Reimer, meanwhile, is 5-3-0 with a 1.96 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage as a Leaf.
The Leafs also reassigned goalie Ben Scrivens from the Marlies to Reading of the ECHL. Scrivens played 13 games with the Marlies and has earned a 2.25 goals against average, a .927 save percentage and a 5-2-3 record.