Goaltender Jonas Gustavsson has done everything he can to reverse what was a dismal first season with the Red Wings. He had trainers both in the Detroit area and Sweden this summer work with him. Physically Gustavsson is as healthy as he’s been. Mentally Gustavsson has tried to forget about the injury-plagued 2013 lockout-shortened season as much as possible. Things are back to normal this autumn and Gustavsson is ready to show the Red Wings he is a capable backup to Jimmy Howard. “I feel like I’ve been doing everything I can in the offseason to give myself the chance to be healthy” said Gustavsson whose early groin injury seemed to derail the remainder of his season. “I was healthy when I came into camp last season too so you never know what will happen. “I’ll take it for what it is and I feel 100 percent and I have all summer. There’s no problems. I’m good to go 100 percent.” Gustavsson appeared in seven games with a 2-2-1 record 2.92 goals-against average and .879 save percentage. In a shortened season every game became that much more important especially with the Wings fighting for a playoff spot. Because of that coach Mike Babcock leaned heavily on Jimmy Howard. “Nothing ever went good for him (Gustavsson)” Babcock said. “Playing wise he was probably 50-50 but we couldn’t afford 50-50 we needed to be sure so we went with Howie.” Said Gustavsson: “It was a different season. We were in a tough battle for a playoff spot and Jimmy was playing unreal all season long. But you can’t be too down when you’re not playing.” Gustavsson is counting on a good exhibition season to roll into the regular season. “It’s a normal season so we’ll see what happens” Gustavsson said. “As a goalie you want to be out there you don’t want to be sitting around. That’s why you’re trying to get better and the better you get the more you play.
Red Wings' Jonas Gustavsson optimistic now that he's healthy
Detroit News | Sep 15