The Detroit Red Wings would like to retain Jonas Gustavsson as their backup goaltender and have Petr Mrazek spend another season developing with the Grand Rapids Griffins. If the Red Wings re-sign Gustavsson it would be a one-year deal, enabling Mrazek to be the full-time backup to Jimmy Howard in 2015-16. Gustavsson, 29, played well this season, going 16-5-4, with a 2.63 goals-against average and .907 save percentage. His main issue is health. He was injured on five separate occasions, including three times with a pulled groin. Gustavsson earned $1.5 million in 2013-14. He is one of the organization's several impending unrestricted free agents, perhaps the only one who will be back. The Red Wings wrapped up their three-day pro scouting meetings on Wednesday. Management and scouts analyzed potential trade targets and free agents, including their own. General manager Ken Holland said he isn't prepared to reveal which of his own free agents will be offered contracts. In addition to Gustavsson, the Red Wings might have interest in signing 41-year-old right wing Daniel Alfredsson, who hasn't declared whether he wants to play another season. But it would be for less than the $5.5 million he earned this past season.
Red Wings hoping to sign backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to one-year deal
Michigan Live | Jun 5