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Gustavsson to Detroit: two years, $3 million

Jonas Gustavsson

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonas Gustavsson takes a break during stoppage in play during third-period NHL hockey game action against the Vancouver Canucks in Toronto on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Pawel Dwulit)


Goalie Jonas Gustavsson has signed a two-year, $3 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings. The Monster goes from Toronto (via Winnipeg) to serve as Jimmy Howard’s backup.

Gustavsson, 27, struggled with the Maple Leafs last season, posting a 17-17-4 record with a .902 save percentage. (Though to be fair, the guys in front of him didn’t make it easy.)

In Detroit, he’ll join fellow Swedes Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Gustav Nyquist and maybe Tomas Holmstrom.