Apr 24, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings goalie Jonas Gustavsson (50) makes a save in the second period against the Boston Bruins in game four of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Jonas Gustavsson Will Back Up Jimmy Howard For Third Season

Jonas Gustavsson and the Red Wings have agreed to a one-year $1.5 million deal ending speculation that the back-up goal tender will test free agent market. According to reports the deal will net Jonas Gustavsson roughly the same salary as last season.

Gustavsson would have had a number of suitors if he became a free agent on July 1st.  He was 16-5-4 with a .907 save percentage during the 2013 season.

The deal will give Gus another year to show his ability to endure the pressures of being a net minder for a play-off caliber team.  If he can improve on his save percentage it could mean big money for him going into free agency in 2015.

As for the Wings, the one-year deal offers a perfect opportunity for the Red Wings to foster the continued development of Petr Mrazek. Mrazek is just 22 years old and given another year in Grand Rapids could be a solid back-up for Jimmy Howard next year.

Keeping Gustavsson at roughly the same salary for 2014 is a no-brainer and a good signing by Holland. With Mrazak potentially being ready next season, the Gustavsson contract solidify’s the Red Wings goal tending situation for years to come. Now the Detroit Red Wings General Manager can concentrate on signing the teams other free agents ahead of the July 1st free agency deadline.

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