Gustavsson uncertain about future with Jets
KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency
|Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonas Gustavsson. (REUTERS)
WINNIPEG - The Monster still doesn’t know how serious the Winnipeg Jets are about retaining his services.
Joe Resnick, the agent for recently-acquired goalie Jonas Gustavsson, met briefly with Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff on Saturday after the deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs was made but didn’t draw any conclusions about the short or long-term interest.
The Jets hold Gustavsson’s negotiating rights up until July 1, when he would become an unrestricted free agent.
“I’m assuming we’ll talk early this week and see what their plans are,” Resnick said in a telephone interview on Sunday. “At the draft, we didn’t really have an opportunity to talk. There was too much activity going on. To be honest, I don’t know what their intentions are.”
Resnick gave the impression Gustavsson wasn’t necessarily set on exploring unrestricted free agency, providing the fit was right with the Jets.
“At this point, we’re open to everything really,” said Resnick.
TROUBA LOVES THE TIGERS
Jets 2012 first round pick Jacob Trouba spent a little time at the Jets draft table inside CONSOL Energy Center on Saturday, but spent the bulk of the afternoon watching his beloved Detroit Tigers take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at beautiful PNC Park.
“I went to a lot of Tigers games growing up and losing 119 games (in 2003), I was that one guy there,” Trouba said Friday when he met the media. “My whole family is pretty big on baseball. I was a catcher and a pitcher.”
GUNNING FOR SCHULTZ?
It’s not known if the Jets will be among the many teams trying to make a pitch for talented defenceman Justin Schultz.
Schultz, a second round pick (43rd overall) of the Anaheim Ducks in 2008 who is leaving the Wisconsin Badgers of the NCAA after three seasons, chose not to sign with the Ducks and became an unrestricted free agent at midnight on Sunday.
Although he can’t sign with a team until July 1, there will be a lineup to make a pitch for Schultz, who had 40 goals and 83 points in 121 games during his college career.