Jonas Gustavsson and the Detroit Red Wings have been a good match for two seasons. Before long, they'll begin talking about keeping that relationship intact. Barring an offer from another team to be their No. 1 goaltender, Gustavsson wants to return for another season – and perhaps many more – with the Red Wings, who want to retain the unrestricted free agent as their backup behind Jimmy Howard. They just have to reach an agreement. "It's been really fun, a great group of guys and I see a lot of potential here so yeah, I can see it," Gustavsson said Tuesday after the Red Wings cleaned out their lockers following a first-round playoff loss to the Boston Bruins. "I like it here. If they want me, at that point we would talk about what they want, terms and all that. But like I said, I like it here. I could absolutely see myself playing here for 10-15 more years because I had a lot of fun and as I said, a great group and a really good organization." After spending the first three seasons of his NHL career in Toronto, Gustavsson signed a two-year deal in 2012 to be Howard's backup. He batted injuries during both years in Detroit but proved to be a valuable commodity this season when Howard was sidelined with a bruised hand, sore knee and a couple of bouts with the flu. After getting off to an 8-0-1 start, Gustavsson finished with a 16-5-4 record, 2.63 goals-against average and .907 save percentage in 27 appearances.
Jonas Gustavsson open to re-signing with Red Wings, who like him as Jimmy Howard's backup
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