As reported by Mike Ulmer, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that they have loaned goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to the Toronto Marlies, of the American Hockey League, on a conditioning stint.
Gustavsson who is obviously having some mental issues in net, will get a chance to clear his head in the AHL. Gustavsson, joined the Maple Leafs last season, and never spent time in the AHL. This will be his first experience. He’ll get a chance to play, and start games, compared to sitting them out in the Leafs press box.
The bad news goes to goaltending prospect Ben Scrivens, who was re-assigned to the Reading Royals of the East Coast Hockey League. Scrivens has posted solid numbers in the AHL, but is behind a mass of goaltending depth in Toronto.
The emergence of James Reimer with the Maple Leafs is big reason behind the demotion for Gustavsson. Reimer has been stellar in Toronto, solidifying him a job with the Buds. He’ll get the start against the Buffalo Sabres after registering a shutout against the Hurricanes last night.
This move will really give a chance to Gustavsson to hone his skills and help him gain the confidence back to where he was his rookie year, which saw him win 16 games and register solid numbers all around. All of which have been down in his sophomore season.
Gustavsson’s last game, a blowout for the New York Rangers saw the goalie dubbed ‘The Monster’ surrender six goals. That was back on January 11th. Almost a month ago. This is his chance to step up his game and become the goaltender he was hyped up to be when he signed as an unrestricted free agent more than a season ago.
Jerry D’Amigo, forward prospect for the Leafs will now be headed to the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. D’Amigo has played 41 games with the Marlies of the AHL and posted five goals and nine assists.
Playing against bigger, faster, and stronger men will now take his game to the OHL. Many thought he should have been with Kitchener all season, but now he’ll get a chance to take what he learned in the last 41 games, and use it to dominate with the Rangers. He’ll have a chance for a Memorial Cup run and really help lead his team.
Joining the likes of Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan Murphy in which they will push for a CHL championship.