Newest Leaf bleeds blueJun 25, 2012 - 09:34 GMT
By Lance Hornby, Toronto Sun
Matthew Finn has arrived with his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs, but Jonas Gustavsson is leaving on a Jet plane.
Not long after Finn, perhaps the most blue-blooded Leaf ever drafted, walked to Toronto’s table after being selected in the second round of the NHL draft, general manager Brian Burke officially bid farewell to Gustavsson, trading the golaie’s rights to the Winnipeg Jets for a conditonal seventh-round pick.
Gustavsson becomes a free agent on July 1 and the Leafs get the pick if he agrees to terms with the Jets, who are looking for insurance in net in case Ondrej Pavelec departs.
Finn is a younger cousin of former Leafs defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo, was a big Bryan McCabe fan, knows last year’s top pick Stuart Percy from the minor hockey Marlies, grew up a member of the Buds Club for Kids and lives on the same street as the Leafs’ practice rink.
It was a nervous Friday night here before the Guelph Storm defenceman was picked after he unexpectedly fell out of the first round to 35th overall.
“I went back to the hotel with the family, kind of laid low, got a good night’s sleep,” Finn said.
“Unfortunately I didn’t get picked, But I ended up in Toronto. It’s unbelievable, a dream come true. It’s my hometown crowd. To be selected by Toronto, growing up in Toronto, watching them my entire life, it’s something else.”
Finn recalled his Buds Club membership entitled him to a Carlton The Bear stuffed toy.