After an injury plagued season Jonas Gustavsson’s time in Detroit appears over.
Last week GM Ken Holland hinted at Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek competing for the starter’s role next season.
“We need great goaltending,” Holland said per the Detroit Free Press. “We need the two of them to compete to be ready to come to training camp to battle for ice time. Pro sports is a competition.”
A shoulder injury followed by a concussion limited Gustavsson to just seven appearances in the Wings’ net this season where he was 3-3-1 with a 2.56 G.A.A. and a .911 save percentage.
“My shoulder injury kept me out of long time,” Gustavsson said. “I didn’t know if I was going to come back or if I needed surgery. I did pretty much everything I could rehab-wise to try and come back. I managed to get back and play a few games, then I got the concussion. Obviously, I never got in a rhythm. Then at the end of the season, we had two other goalies. Mrazek came up and played great. It wasn’t much room for me, and I understood that.
“Tried to work on my game in the shadows, tried to keep pushing myself. Tried to be a good teammate. Hopefully that’s going to help me in the future.”
Gustavsson’s one-year, $1.85 million contract is set to expire making him an unrestricted free agent in July.
In three seasons with the Wings he put together a 21-10-6 record to go along with a 2.67 G.A.A. and a .904 save percentage.
The 30-year-old believes he has lots of good hockey left him.
“Hopefully I can stay in this league,” Gustavsson. “I feel I have lots left in the tank. I’m only 30 years old. So, hopefully have another 10 years of good hockey in me.”
Detroit should get a big piece of the lineup back this week when it takes on the Panthers in Sunrise — which will make the Wings about as healthy as they’ve been in recent memory.
Darren Helm, who’s missed the last seven games with an oblique strain, will reportedly draw back in for the Wings when they play Florida on Thursday, per MLive. The 28-year-old hasn’t played since Feb. 28 — Detroit has gone 3-4-0 without him — and should provide an immediate spark, given his skating ability and good offensive punch.
Helm sits sixth on the team in goals this year, with a personal high of 13, and his 29 points are three off the career-best 32 he posted during the 2010-11 campaign.
Assuming Helm draws back in Thursday, Detroit will be icing one of its healthiest lineups in recent memory. It would leave just three players on the shelf: Alexey Marchenko, a defenseman that’s only appeared in 12 games this year; backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson, who’s only played seven and Johan Franzen, who’s missed extensive time this season with a concussion.
The Detroit Red Wings are making some adjustments amid a challenging run of three games in four nights (having lost the first two in that span).
For one thing, it appears as if Jonas Gustavsson to be going through concussion protocols (GM Ken Holland said he’s day-to-day and feels a little “off”). He may have be injured thanks to a second-period collision with Milan Lucic in Sunday’s 5-3 loss to the Boston Bruins, according to the Detroit Free-Press. Petr Mrazek was recalled as Gustavsson is on the shelf.
That same report indicates that two blunders explain why Stephen Weiss is exiting the Red Wings’ lineup for Tomas Jurco.
Here are the two goals Mike Babcock pointed to in order to explain why Weiss (pictured) is taking a seat:
The Red Wings try to avoid a three-game skid as they host the Edmonton Oilers tonight.