The Chicago Blackhawks today announced that they have agreed to terms with defenseman Erik Gustafsson on a one-year contract that runs through the 2021-22 season ($800,000 salary cap hit).
Gustafsson returns to the Blackhawks after spending his first four NHL seasons (2015-2020) with the club. Gustafsson set career highs in goals (17), assists (43) and points (60) with Chicago during the 2018-19 campaign, ranking third on the team in assists and fourth in points. In 214 regular-season games with the Blackhawks, Gustafsson has registered 116 points (28G, 88A) and totaled one assist through five postseason contests with the club. Gustafsson was traded from Chicago to Calgary on February 24, 2020 and notched three assists in seven games with the Flames during the 2019-20 season.
Last season, Gustafsson appeared in 24 contests with the Philadelphia Flyers, recording 10 points (1G, 9A) before being traded to Montreal. With the Canadiens, he tallied two assists in five regular-season games. Additionally, Gustafsson registered three points (1G, 2A) in 16 Stanley Cup Playoff games, helping Montreal reach the 2021 Stanley Cup Final.
The Nynashamn, Sweden native has played in 250 career regular-season NHL games, compiling 131 points (29G, 102A). He's posted eight points (1G, 7A) in 31 career postseason games. He also played three seasons with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, registering 58 points (11G, 47A) in 120 contests.
With this signing, the Blackhawks training camp roster currently stands at 28: 14 forwards, 10 defenseman and four goaltenders.