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Blackhawks Sign Erik Gustafsson to 1-Year, $800K Contract

The defenseman is back for his second stint with Chicago, where he scored a career-high 17 goals and 60 points during the 2018-19 season.

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The Chicago Blackhawks signed Erik Gustafsson to a one-year, $800,000 contract Monday.

The 29-year-old defenseman scored a career-high 17 goals and 60 points with the Blackhawks during the 2018-19 season. His production dipped to 26 points (six goals, 20 assists) in 59 games the next season before the Blackhawks traded him to the Calgary Flames for a 2020 third-round pick (Wyatt Kaiser) in February 2020.

Gustafsson had three assists in seven regular-season games and four assists in 10 Stanley Cup Playoffs games for Calgary but did not re-sign with them. He entered free agency and signed with the Philadelphia Flyers, where he scored 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in 24 games. The Flyers traded him to the Montreal Canadiens in April, and he had two assists in five regular-season games in addition to three points (one goal, two assists) in 16 playoff games.

Gustafsson became a free agent again and signed a professional tryout (PTO) with the New York Islanders in September. The Islanders released him less than a month later to make him available for a second stint in Chicago.

The Blackhawks added Gustafsson after injuries to young defenseman Caleb Jones (wrist) and Wyatt Kalynuk (ankle), both of whom could be out for a maximum of six weeks.

Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for NHL.com. Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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