“We have to see exactly what Jonas can do for us for the future,” said Wilson.
Gustavsson has played only once in the last three weeks – for Sweden against Belarus in the Olympics.
“I know I have to play good to keep playing,” said Gustavsson, a restricted free agent at the end of the season. “That’s up to my agent to take care of. I’m thinking only of hockey.”
Meanwhile, the Senators may be forced to go – reluctantly – with Pascal Leclaire, whose confidence was rattled the other night in Carolina. He gave up two goals on five shots and was pulled less than seven minutes into the game.
No. 1 goalie Brian Elliott did not take to the ice for the morning skate, and has come down with the same flu that has sidelined at least three other Senators. The team may be forced to call up players from AHL Binghamton to fill out a roster, said coach Cory Clouston.
“I’ve never had (a flu bug) like this,” said Clouston. “You fly to Carolina, you fly back, you’re in close proximity. You try to make precautions, but sometimes it still happens.”
“If they are sick we’ll try to take advantage,” said Wilson.
Seeing the Senators so sick reminded some of a night Feb. 5, 2004. The Sens were up 4-0 by 3:52 of the second. But as the game progressed, fewer Senators remained healthy enough to stay on the bench. The healthy Leafs rallied to win 5-4.
“You get into games like that once in a while,” said Leaf defenceman Tomas Kaberle, the only Leaf holdover from that era.