Blackhawks Sign Erik Gustafsson

On Friday morning the Blackhawks announced defenseman Erik Gustafsson has signed a one-year deal to return to the organization.

Gustafsson, 25, signed with the Blackhawks in April 2015. He produced 14 assists in 41 games with the NHL club during the 2015-16 season but spent all of last year with Rockford, where he had five goals and 30 assists in 68 games.

This contract is a two-way deal with a reported $650,000 NHL cap hit. Gustafsson had been a restricted free agent.

44 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign Erik Gustafsson

  1. 14 more than he was used last year, if nothing else he is a minimum salary Dman who can be used to get cap compliant for opening day until Hossa goes on ltir.

  2. Good move. I like his game and think he deserves another chance to prove himself. He could end up being a huge asset for us.

  3. Always better to have more guys. Develop at different rates. We really want about 10 guys deep that can skate.

  4. Good to see. I liked his game when he first came up. Hopefully he has gotten a bit more physical and learned to hammer the puck out of his zone.

  5. I think there is a good chance the d pairings could be to start the year.
    Keith/Seabrook Kempny/Murphy Forsling/Oesterle Rozival
    But experienced having depth is a bonus.

  6. Would love to see him paired with Murphy or Seabrook! Very good hockey skills, nice vision. Did not deserve the COACH Q dog house after losing to St.Louis in playoffs. TOEWS, KANE and PANARIN did not produce that entire series.

  7. Meh, I think the Hawks are going to suck this season! All these fringe NHL players aren’t that exciting.

  8. Have to be patient & see what Bowman does with ltir room, will probably be big as seem to be saving end of season cap space for it by not offering alot of bonuses this season.

  9. Totti, Gus crumbled in his own zone. Made Rundblad look like a god.

    Kane-7 gp, 7 points
    Panarin- 7 gp, 7 points
    Toews- 7 gp, 6 points

    Bums.

  10. Hawks aren’t that much better cap wise. But the leafs right now can’t sign Connor Brown. They are already right at the maximum off-season overage. Someone could make him an offer and the leafs have a week to dump salary or take the compensation.

  11. If the Hawks can trade Hossa’s contract before next offseason… They won’t have his burden or the 3 million plus bonus overage. They’d have the space to sign John Tavares. That would make Anisimov expendable.

    Not having those crazy bonuses Ian mentioned is going to be like winning the lottery. Worth about 3 million bucks.

  12. “Did not deserve Q’s doghouse” – clearly you weren’t paying attention to his significant defensive shortcomings. He is a decent skater with some good offensive instincts but if you can’t move the puck out of your own zone you will be in any coaches doghouse. It says a lot that he wasn’t brought up for one game last year. This is likely his last chance so maybe he steps up on D otherwise he will be a solid member of the Hogs.

  13. Dicky Dunn/Iceman, way to respond.

    Ian/Ernie, that’s what I am thinking. People think were going downhill alittle each yr. In reality were stocking up for another big add, without those player bonuses and caphits/cap rising each yr for another Hoss type add ufa. That’s a big cannon we could fit on our boat.

  14. To get compliant for start of season they would have to send Berube down and call up a minimum salary .65m Dman. Then after season starts put Hossa on ltir and call up Hayden as replacement salary to max out ltir room at 81.185m or 6.185 over cap. Callup Forsling to complete roster and with Hayden and Forsling’s cap hit who are waiver exempt to send down plus ltir room when ready to make trades ther could be up to max available for acquired additions. Ltir room however doesn’t work like cap space during tbe season where you can not use it and pro rate it later.

  15. Ernie it was reported Daly has used offseason ltir option to alleviate their caps woes and he said Blackhawks waiting until start if season is why no rush on the nhl’s decision. No issues expected though.

  16. Even though wouldn’t be able to use bank space for that yr. Adding a really good player is more important. We can always add a good player at deadline threw trade like Smitty for Dejon. You can see how we can add draft picks, for free, by being creative like we did when we got a free 3rd pick by trading the 26th for 29th. So when we would trade Hoss caphit to a team for a pick, and not have to add a young player/or prospect to make that trade. That’s nonsense. When Hoss retires from Blackhawks, we would do that trade when the times right for the trade to be for a pick instead of nonsense/have to/forced to do so shit.

    Then after that yr were in position for a big add like that Islanders guy.

  17. Wow Sergei!! Do not know Fonzi guy but obviously, you are another BOWMAN disciple??? And Ernie, I guess you weren’t watching the playoffs the last two years? How man games did TEOWS go without scoring a goal…was it 1 in 18?…not his fault? How many Kane and Panarin in the last 11 games??? Not there fault completely because that had no depth in bottom six… But if you cannot develop some scoring in bottom six then you have no chance to advance in playoffs!!! It was the HAWKS strength for years!!! ( THX TALLON) Please, you guys keep trash talking like kids…open your mind to the reality of BOWMAN’s mismanagement. Cap issues and bonuses that he creates!!!

    Fine, giving ROSY and TOOTOO contracts were great moves.? Really??? ..keeping DESJARDINS, TOOTOO, and KRUGER on the ice with a total of how many goals?

    Let’s move on…. The reason why BOWMAN dips into the past with ODUYA, CAMPBELL, SHARP, LADD, VERSTEEG, etc…. because our drafting has been suspect at best. But if you cannot admit that…you’re problem…

    oh, if you expect BOUMA (another Garbutt), WINGELS to light it up….then you have to stop smoking whatever you are smoking!!!

    cheers

  18. “Hey SERGEI FEDEROV, ….Stan here, I will give you SHARP and JOHNS, for GARBUTT and DALEY???” Are you in?

  19. Dale Tallon Chicago draft picks with more than 100 nhl games played.

    2005-Jack Skille (368), Mike Blunden(126), Niklas Hjalmarsson (623)

    2006- Toews(717). Peter LeBlanc played 1 game. Your 2006 draft class.

    2007- Kane(740). Billy Sweatt and Akim Aliu had 10 games total.

    2008- Ben Smith(237). Shawn Lalonde played 1 game at the end of the year when everybody had the game off.

    2009- Dylan Olsen (124), Brandon Pirri (226), Marcus Kruger(398).

    Dale Tallon drafted 4 players of notoriety in 5 years. 4 everyday players in 43 picks.

    Stephen Johns was drafted 7 years ago. He has 75 games played, a Stan pick.

    I’m tired of the Dale love. Not discounting what he did here. But he had wasn’t a god.

    Stan’s 2011 draft alone produced 4 guys with 100+ nhl games played.

  20. I seem to remember Dale Tallon was Director of Player Personnel when Keith and Seabrook were drafted.

  21. I am a little older I think then anyone on this board. Met Dale the night they retired Savoir faire number 18. Flew to the United Centre and actually had the opportunity ( merci RDS) to sit next to them during the 2nd period.
    Therefore, I can tell you Tallon speaks well French and was hired as director of player personnel in 1998!!! Therefore, he had a hand on many players, until his departure, like Bolland, Bickell, Brouwer, Keith, Seabrook, Crawford, Burrish, Fraser, Toews, Kane, Hammer, …. Not to mention players via trades or free agents like Sharp, Ladd ( Tuomo Ruttu) Versteeg, Neimi, Sopel, Madden, Havlat, Campbell, Eager…. Should we continue this discussion? Dale Tallon has an eye for talent and for trades. He has the Savoir faire!!!
    18
    Merci!

  22. Player personnel 98-02 assistant gm 02-05.

    Bowman asst to gm 01-05, 05-07 director of hockey ops, 07-09 asst gm of hockey ops.

    I’m not knocking Tallon’s contributions. Just saying his Chicago drafts with his name on them are lackluster. Sure he had a part in other aspects, but Stan was there too in some capacity.

    If you ignore the 3 top 3 picks in Florida youre left with Trochek and Matheson. Crouse has been traded and I don’t think his ceiling is that high. Malgin is the only other player hes drafted that has seen significant time. He was forced to trade Crouse the 2015 11th overall pick to get rid of Bolland’s deal he gave him. See, good gms have to get rid of assets for nothing sometimes.

    Bolland 5 at 5.5 per. After producing 12 pts in 23 games for the leafs. After he signed in Florida in 2 seasons he played 78 games and gave them 28 pts. Can’t blame that on Stan. Oh, and the back injury goes back to his days with the Hawks…and his season ended in Toronto with a lacerated Achilles. Then signs that deal. I was there for Bollands first game back at the UC with the leafs. Pirri had a goal and an assist in that game.

  23. We can all use hindsight and cherrypick to make us look smart but fact is after waiting 45 yrs. I waited for a cup I am very thankful to the job done by both Bowman and Tallon and the rest of the Blackhawks management for the last decade of watching and the 5 or 6 years of work prior to that to get there.

  24. Will the Blackhawks win another cup, sure the core us aging and no shame if they don’t but in this era of cap and parity you are never out of the equation.

  25. Ian as usual some much needed perspective.
    I had the privilege of working as an amateur scout under one of the best GM’s in history (my opinion) in baseball for a decade and learned two important things-
    drafting is a very inexact science (becoming less so these days) and other than the top 2 to 3 percent a real crap shoot and that the best organizations work as team with many people making the key decisions, with the GM taking the heat or the glory.
    Both made mistakes, Tallon is a very smart hockey lifer who helped pave the way for the Cups. He had the benefit of being part of the up swing. Bowman has helped to contribute to the Cups and has also helped to make life tough for the team with some decisions that he–and others-felt were necessary. (he had the initial benefit of good timing and the negative of being on the down swing–it can’t help but happen)
    Both relied on a few key people to make decisions and for sure Stan used his dad–who many think is one of the best hockey minds of all time.
    Again can’t go back in time–Stan will continue or lose his job based on the totality of the decisions he makes and the progress of the team.

  26. I wasn’t trying to critical of Tallon. If I had to pick either guy to be GM, I really don’t know who I’d pick.

  27. As the Hawks slide further from contender status I can’t help but wonder 2 things;

    1. How involved is John McDonough in personal decisions?

    2. How much guidance was Stan getting from his father on hockey decisions? Early in Scotty’s tenure, he was pretty vocal and visible. I can’t recall the last time Scotty has spoken specifically on the Blackhawks.

  28. McDonough was apparently the one that put the mandate on signing Brian Campbell part one and also allegedly forced Stans hand in resigning Bickell.

  29. You guys are high if you think the Hawks can bring in Tavares. Would love to see him in Chicago but even with almost $10 million freed up we wouldn’t be able to afford him.

  30. And if true, thats a problem South Side.

    Ian, sounds like the pto player that might be brought in and signed after game 1 will be Cody Franson. He’s more of a known commodity than Rutta. Zawaski isn’t really a stellar source though.

  31. If they go with Franson ( sharks saying he could go there too) as a 3rd pair rightside hoping either Kempny or Forsling is paired with him it would help on defence but i hope not too high a cap hit. Be room to go after a forward too.

  32. Left side defence looks thin if Keith goes on ir, you would have Kempny, Forsling, Oesterle or Gustafsson as choices unless Snuggerud develops quiickly which isn’t out of the question. Would give Oesterle a look as number 7D (unless he makes it as one of the top 6) can fill in 3rd pair on both sides if needed and same caphit as Rozival.

  33. Left side week D, I agree. I think Bowman and Tallon had their moments. I do think TALLON with DUDLEY was a great team because drafting as you say is a crap shoot but Hockey Trades is what makes a good GM a great GM. This means your pro scouting has to be elite to stay elite. I think BOWMAN has not received much in any of these trades or salary dumps he has made. It is hard to overlook the fact that the BOWMAN era has not drafted an elite or good NHL player on defence since HAMMER, for example, even though they draft late. Or, apart from SAAD, no legit left winger. I am not a fan of Pierre Gauthier having, the same pro scouting that has a history of bad trades, giving up draft picks and prospects!
    Ted Dent and Mike Kitchen were fired. I believe Pierre Gauthier should be next and get new blood in there to work alongside BOWMAN. Give Bowman new ideas!

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