Hockey

Leafs send Gustavsson to Marlies

With Jonas Gustavsson sitting idle, the Toronto Maple Leafs have put the struggling Swedish goalie on loan to the AHL.

With Jonas Gustavsson sitting idle, the Toronto Maple Leafs have put the struggling Swedish goalie on loan to the AHL.

Gustavsson, 26, will report to the Toronto Marlies on a conditioning assignment.

Gustavsson showed signs of establishing himself as a No. 1 goalie in his rookie season in 2009-10 despite dealing with a heart irregularity, but has taken a step back in his sophomore NHL campaign.

He has allowed 11 goals in his only two appearances this year, with an unsightly .840 save percentage. For the season, he has a 3.28 goals-against average in 23 appearances.

Veteran Jean-Sebastien Giguere has returned from a nagging groin injury, with upstart James Reimer impressing during Giguere's absence.

Gustavsson is under contract for next season at $1.35 million US.