Gustavsson inks one-year $1.85 million deal to remain with Wings

DETROIT >> Jonas Gustavsson signed his one-year deal Wednesday, getting a slight increase in pay from $1.5 million to $1.85 million to back up Jimmy Howard for a third season.

Gustavsson’s two seasons in Detroit seemed to be spent mainly on the trainer’s table.

Battling injures from groins to shoulders, Gustavsson appeared in just 34 regular-season games with the Wings over two seasons.

“Gus gives us a one-two security punch with Jimmy Howard,” Holland said last week. “He played fabulous for us. The only downside is he spent some time on IR with the groin.”

Gustavsson, 29, missed a total of 23 games on five separate occasions with three different types of injuries last season, but groin injuries have been his Achilles heel since signing a free agent deal with the Wings.

The one-year deal allows Petr Mrazek to mature another season in the American Hockey League before joining the Wings.

Gustavsson had aspirations of being a starting goalie in the NHL.

When Gustavsson played, he played well this season, going 16-5-4 with a 2.63 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage. He appeared in the final two games of the playoffs, filling in for Howard, who was sidelined with the flu.

Along with missing 18 games due to a groin injury this season, he appeared in just seven of the 48 games during the lockout-shortened first season in Detroit, making just four starts. He didn’t play over the final 27 games of the season, which included the playoffs.

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