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Top goalie makes Avs his first stop

Adrian Dater
The Denver Post

DENVER, Colorado –Jonas Gustavsson received the burgundy-carpet treatment from the Avalanche.

Gustavsson, the 24-year-old Swede considered one of the best goalies in the world not currently playing in the NHL, wrapped up an approximately 24-hour trip to Denver on Monday. The Avalanche is one of four NHL teams he is considering joining.

Denver was the first stop on his four-city North American tour that will proceed to San Jose, Dallas and Toronto.

Avalanche vice president Jean Martineau said Gustavsson arrived Sunday and left Monday afternoon. He was not made available to the media, but Martineau said Gustavsson met with several Avalanche players and management staff, including new coach Joe Sacco, and was given a tour of the city and the Pepsi Center, including the Avalanche’s dressing room.

Because of NHL rookie/age collective bargaining bylaws, Gustavsson can earn a maximum of $900,000 next season, a number the salary cap-strapped Avs could afford. After next season, Gustavsson could earn considerably more, and the Avs will have more cap room then.

Martineau confirmed that former Avs star Peter Forsberg has spoken on the team’s behalf, in an unofficial recruiting effort. The team would not divulge which players met with Gustavsson.

Gustavsson led Farjestad to the championship of the Swedish Elite League this year. He posted a 1.96 goals- against average and .932 save percentage in the regular season and wants to play in the NHL.

The Avs will receive tough competition in the battle to sign Gustavsson, including from a Toronto team that just signed famed goalie coach Francois Allaire.

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