(Source: BOSTON) – Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, October 4 that the club has signed goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to a one-year, one-way contract through the 2015-16 season worth a cap figure of $700,000.
Well this is interesting. Ol’ Don Sweeney opted to go with the seasoned veteran to serve as backup goalie over the developing and improving Jeremy Smith. Kind of a surprise to me, but not a bad decision either. I wouldn’t say Gustavsson really looked great in the preseason. You could argue Smith was the better goalie with a complete game shootout win early in camp and a very nice third period Friday against Washington. In the end it appears experience and a proven track record as an NHL backup prevailed.
The Bruins now have 5 goalies under contract at the AHL/NHL level. Where are they going to stick Jeremy Smith with Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre already down in Providence? Is this a smaller move to make way for the Bruins packaging Malcolm Subban in trade for a proven defenseman? I’m not sure I even want to speculate. One thing that can be said about signing Gustavsson is that he is familiar with the role and has done well in the past. He’s been reliable when healthy and really can serve well as Tuukka’s battlemate.
By tomorrow night the rest of the Bruins roster will be set for Thursday’s opening night against Winnipeg. The goalies are set. Now we just wait for word on the 4th line and defensemen.