Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 7/1/12
The Red Wings' first step in free agency was not the big name but an insurance signing. On Sunday, they signed goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to a two-year deal. Jimmy Howard is the starter and Joey MacDonald filled in nicely last season when Howard was injured and Ty Conklin faltered. But MacDonald went down with a back injury late in the season and although he expected to be ready to play, the Wings had to protect themselves in case he was not. Gustavsson, speaking via conference call with Detroit reporters, said he was glad to land in Detroit after spending the last three seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs. "I heard Detroit wanted me, I was happy about that," Gustavsson said. "It's a great team with a lot of history and they always have a good roster." For his career, Gustavsson is 39-45 with a 2.98 goals-against average and .900 save percentage. This past season, the 27-year-old was 17-17 with a 2.92 goals-against average, .902 save percentage and four shutouts. With Howard, who made the All-Star team for the first time last season, already established as Detroit's top goaltender, Gustavsson is aware that he will be the backup. "I'm here to help the team and it doesn't matter how that is," Gustavsson said. "If that's being the backup goalie that pushes the other goalie and helps pushes my teammates then that's the role I'm going to take. "For me it's all about trying to become a better goalie every day and maybe one day I'll be the guy that plays all the games." The goaltender whose nickname is The Monster has had health scares due to a heart condition. Gustavsson has had three minor heart ablation surgeries, the most recent in February of 2011, but said he is completely healthy. "Last year I felt great," Gustavsson said. "I didn't feel anything with my heart problems, like I had before. Overall, the only small minor issue that I had was that game that I missed I took a shot on my knee. My health I would say is 100 percent." Gustavsson said he doesn't even think about the heart issues anymore. "Of course when it comes to heart issues you don't want to deal with that, but from what I've been told it's nothing that's going to affect me or nothing that's real serious so it's a relief for me and I can put it behind me and move on," he said. Although the native of Danderyd, Sweden, knows the Red Wings are known for their large Swedish contingent, that was not the main reason he signed with them. "I've played with all of them I think except (Tomas) Holmstrom in the World Championships, the Olympics and so on," Gustavsson said. "When you know someone there on a new team that helps, but in the end the biggest reason for me coming to Detroit I feel that was the right move for me to keep my development going in the right direction and that's the most important thing for me. I feel I become a better goalie every day and in order to keep doing that I felt coming to Detroit was the best choice for me."
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Ball's father says comment about Lakers was misquoted

Revis hints he is open to taking significant pay cut

Several NBA executives have concerns about Lonzo Ball’s father

Kim Mulkey gives awful post-game speech about Baylor scandal

Bill Walton goes shirtless during ESPN broadcast to the dismay of one woman

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Sanu: Halftime show played role in Super Bowl collapse

James Dolan is among potential group of investors of new arena for New York Islanders

Report: Rams, Clippers discussing NBA venue in Inglewood

Terrence Jones reportedly interested in joining Celtics

LeBron reverses course, says he ‘always felt good’ about Cavs

Report: Ole Miss tried to implicate Mississippi State in football scandal

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Box Score 2/24: A night of NBA disrespect

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher who has recorded 10 or more shutouts in a single season

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker