If the hockey gods are trying to help the Toronto Maple Leafs get the best possible odds in the NHL Draft Lottery, they're doing a good job.
Hours after news came out that the team may shut down goaltender James Reimer down for the rest of the season as he deals with concussion-like symptoms, Jonas Gustavsson, who was all set to start their game tonight against Philadelphia, was unprepared for a Clarke MacArthur shot and took one off the knee during warmups:
Gustavsson started the game in the trainer's room, but was back on the Leafs' bench at the start of the second period.
Emergency recall Jussi Rynnas was summoned for duty, making his NHL debut, and allowed was in net for all seven Philadelphia goals during a 7-1 loss.
Chris Johnston of the Canadiens Press reported that the Leafs signed an employee of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment to a one-day contract in the event Rynnas got hurt and Gustavsson was unable to come in.
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