Flyers add veteran defenseman Erik Gustafsson

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With Matt Niskanen no longer in Philadelphia, the Flyers made sure to bring some experience to its backline this free agency period.

The team announced Monday they’ve signed free agent defenseman Erik Gustafsson to a one-year contract. Flyers general manager and president of hockey operations Chuck Fletcher confirmed that Gustafsson’s contract is worth an average annual value (AAV) of $3 million.

The 28-year-old joined from the Calgary Flames and is a former 2012 fourth-round draft pick by the Edmonton Oilers. Gustafsson is known for his time with the Chicago Blackhawks from 2015-20 where he logged 116 points in 214 regular season games.

“Erik is a mobile and skilled puck-moving defenseman who has produced well offensively both at even-strength and on the power play,” said Fletcher. “We believe Erik will give us valuable minutes and be a nice addition to our group of young defensemen.”

Gustafsson recorded 29 points (six goals, 23 assists) in 66 regular season games split between the Blackhawks and the Flames in 2019-20. He added four points (all assists) in 10 games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with the Flames in the Edmonton bubble.

A Swedish native, Gustafsson has averaged 19:58 of ice time per game in his career. Internationally, he helped Sweden win a Gold Medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championships.

He joins Justin Braun as a key veteran in the Flyers’ defensive corps this season.

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