With time running out for the Minnesota Wild to ink Johan Gustafsson before he would have returned to the draft pool, the two sides managed to agree to a three-year, entry-level contract. The deadline to sign Gustafsson or lose him was Friday.
Gustafsson is a goaltending prospect who excelled in the Swedish Elite League this season, posting a 1.68 GAA and .932 save percentage. He was also part of Sweden’s gold medal winning team in the 2012 world junior championship.
The Wild originally took him in the sixth round of the 2010 NHL entry draft.
Gustafsson joins Darcy Kuemper and Matt Hackett as the Wild’s top netminding prospects. His presence could prove to be important over the next few of seasons as Josh Harding is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and Niklas Backstrom’s deal will expire in the summer of 2013. Backstrom will be 35 years old when his contract ends.
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day