Gustavsson signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Oilers on Friday, Sportsnet's Luke Fox reports. Gustavsson was a passable backup netminder for the Bruins last season, compiling an 11-9-1 record with a 2.72 GAA and .908 save percentage over 24 appearances. The 31-year-old goaltender will have a similar role with the Oilers in 2016-17, appearing in 20 to 25 games while playing second fiddle to starting netminder Cam Talbot.
The Bruins won't attempt to re-sign Gustavsson in free agency, CSN New England reports. While the Bruins could add veteran goaltending depth down the road, the team has an internal replacement candidate in Malcolm Subban, who will now have a chance to claim the No. 2 spot behind starter Tuukka Rask. In 24 games with Boston this past season, Gustavsson -- who turns 32 in October -- compiled a 2.72 GAA and .908 save percentage, while playing capably enough to earn a chance to compete for a backup role elsewhere in 2016-17.
Gustavsson made 30 saves in Boston's 6-1 loss to Ottawa on Saturday. He gave up four goals. All four goals came in the first half of a very frenetic second period -- Gustavsson wasn't exactly sharp, but neither were his teammates. The Monster found out he was going into the blue paint just 90 minutes before game time when Tuukka Rask took ill. Gustavsson may have just played his final game in black and gold, as he becomes a free agent this offseason. His future is restricted to back-up duty.
Gustavsson will start against the Senators on Saturday, Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe reports. Gustavsson is a surprise start on Saturday with the Bruins also recalling Jeremy Smith on emergency basis. The 31-year-old makes just his fifth appearance since the beginning of March. In those four previous outings, the netminder has not performed well, as he's posted a 1-3-0 record with a 2.46 GAA.
Gustavsson stopped 10 of 12 shots in Sunday's 6-4 loss to Chicago after replacing Tuukka Rask 22 minutes into the contest. With the B's -- who are chasing a playoff slot -- now down to their last three regular season games, we'd expect Rask to start all of those contests, in the absence of him suffering an injury in that span.
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