Blackhawks Bringing Back Erik Gustafsson

According to reports on Sunday, the Chicago Blackhawks are bringing back defenseman Erik Gustafsson.

The deal is reportedly a one-year deal worth $800,000.

Gustafsson, 29, had his best season with the Hawks in 2018-19 when he posted 60 points in 79 games. Last year he split the season between Philly and Montreal and produced one goal and 11 assists in 29 games.

He had been on a PTO with the Islanders.

27 thoughts on “Blackhawks Bringing Back Erik Gustafsson

  • October 10, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    Perhaps its for a “Last Skate” tribute???? No?? You mean he’s going to play on our Defense??? ROTFLMAO!!!! Way to go StanBo!!!

  • October 10, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    He had his best year under Colliton, worth a flyer, certainly as a 2nd pp qb and help offensie as 3rd pair guy teamed with a stay at home type, Stillman or maybe C. Jones could solidify that spot. Youngsters can continue to develop in Rfd. and provide lots of depth. If he crashes and burns then waive him when Kalynuk and Jones healthy, nothing lost.

  • October 10, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    Gustafsson ? Sometimes players miss the Windy City ! I know a lot of players that have retired and now live back here in Ontario and they all talk about the Chicago Stadium ,the U.C ,the Anthem , the Roar ,the dedicated fans, the party ,the nightlife and the Circus Trips to the coast ! Some of them lived in those Western suburbs and they are outstanding ! All those players have got stories of what it was like to play for the Hawks ! I’ll leave it at that and let everyone figure it out what I’m referring to ! It’s unlike any other city ! Go Hawks ! Pops 4

  • October 10, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    This is kind of hard to grasp. The Hawks go from having too many defensemen to adding a mediocre one that displays some offensive talent. It is possible that they have zero confidence at the moment in the guys they sent to Rockford and want an inexpensive placeholder while Kalynuk and Jones get healthy. But did Beaudin look worse than Gus? So wouldn’t you rather give Beaudin the reps and see what he’s got? We know what Gus has. Maybe this is for the second unit PP. The first unit didn’t need any help last night. They were moving the puck around as if holding it would send an electric charge up their sticks. It led to some broken up passes but also led to some great chances and a couple PPGs. It was impressive and fun to watch. Glad to see Nylander in Rockford. Whether it is for conditioning or not is irrelevant. If he plays poorly down there, we won’t have to put up with him in Chicago again. Between him and Strome, the frustration factor can be very high. Strome was good last night. Sighhh.

  • October 10, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Ian if Gus crashes and burns there is a lot lost. Lets say Gus is in for Kalynuk(out 2-4 weeks supposedly) lets say its 3 weeks: That’s 12-13 games with a leaky 3rd pairing. Yes he had a good year but he’s done zip since and still can’t defend his shadow. And what does this say really about our depth?? Is it good, is it bad?? Do they even have a clue??? Offensively it appears that they can probably hold their own but defensively?? No way not with this system and now D men going down like bowling pins. What happens when deHaan gets hurt again??

  • October 10, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    I hated Gus when he was here but I like this move because there is absolutely nothing to lose – without Kalynuk and CJones there was no one to run PP2 except Mitchell (no thanks) and Galvas who might have been good at it and still might but we know Gus is good on PP – it’s his only real strength and it’s not going to hurt either young guy to be playing top minutes in RKF

    If Gus’ D issues are too much then put him on waivers and bring up one of the young guys – when Kalynuk comes back Gud is the 7th D and when CJones comes back Gus goes on waivers

    Or Maybe he’s shows enough to stay on as 7th D and Kalynuk gets more minutes in RKF

    It’s definitely worth rolling the dice – if it doesn’t work no harm done

  • October 10, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    Only reason I can think of for this signing is to have EG quarterback the second power play unit until Wyatt comes back. If they use him in a 3rd pairing role, who sits?

  • October 11, 2021 at 12:44 am

    Clearly with the trades for Seth Jones and M-A Fluery it’s playoffs or bust for Bowman and Colliton. Without Kalynuk they do not have a 2nd pp quarterback like the posters above have stated. The on the job training for Mitchell and Beaudin as well as Galvas will not happen at the NHL level.

  • October 11, 2021 at 1:31 am

    So it,s – Toews-Kubalik-Kurashev——- Dach-Kane-DeBrincat——– Johnson-Hagel-Borgstrom——– Carpenter-Khaira-Entwistle. S.Jones-McCabe—— Murphy-Stillman—— DeHann-Gustafson——FLEURY. Gaudette , Strome, and Galvas in the Press Box. Let the odyssey begin! 11 different bodies in the lineup if you count Toews and Dach. 13 if you add the press box bodies into the equation. We will see soon enough if it all equates to a more competitive team.

  • October 11, 2021 at 1:47 am

    I’m probably not going out on a limb when I say I doubt I’m the only one caught completely off guard by the Gustafsson signing. Like … wait, what? I suppose the PP2 QB role makes sense but the Hawks are either going to go with 5 d-men during even strength and PK time or the plus Gus gives you on the PP could be undercut by his 5-on-5 play. Seems like a desperation/risky move to me.

    It makes me wonder if they’re going to use one of the six d-men positions in the lineup for a PP specialist – would they do the same thing by using one of the twelve forward positions for a PP specialist – like Strome?

  • October 11, 2021 at 5:43 am

    Says a couple of things
    1.) All these Puck moving D picks in past few years are NOT ready– (will they ever be??)
    2.) Gus- does bring some O/ shot making ability- perhaps Hawks are confident in their Stay at Home D guys to pair w/ the Notoriously poor D man –Gus?
    3.) Hawks- are really ” going for it” – with 4 line/Depth attacking system- Like Vegas
    And relying on constant pressure- to carry some of the D responsibility

    The COST for this deal was right… little risk- lot’s o reward- perhaps

    Just watched DVR of last game…
    Borgstrom- really liked- another positive, Looked really kid like young- so Hoping he can really mature physically and become a beast… skill is there
    Khaira- the more views… the more I like

    Borg-Dach-Strome line shows some real potential –lot’s of length to fill up passing lanes– and skill
    IF- strome becomes complacent — OR playing tougher team– JC can always swap in Hagel for Strome- and Have a real Fun line.

    Hagel= Bolland – Underrated , always seems to show up in big plays, on any line. Hagel probably quicker skater- but Both were always in right place at right time. Bolland probably better hand/shot around net.

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  • October 11, 2021 at 7:54 am

    Gus not going to top oair guy like last time around. This time just taking a flyer on bringing something to a depth role. If he sits in the pressbox as insurance its better to let youngsters play top 4 mins in Rfd. than waste them there. The way it looked in preseason with Dehasn, Stillman and C. Jones they could all be in lineup whrn healthy. Gus in lineup will add some speed tp corps as well.

  • October 11, 2021 at 7:55 am

    The Hawks know that Kalynuk will probably be out for more then 4-6 weeks plus they know Beaudin , Regula ,Mitchell need a full year in Rockford , they also have doubts about the C Jones, Kalynuk Coming back at 100% .
    Gus will probably be there on and off for 30-40 games. And he will do some huge mistakes again .
    I think Beaudin would be my choice instead but those professional coaches knows more then me for sure.

  • October 11, 2021 at 8:19 am

    To me, this means that the young defensemen did not show well in training camp. It also means that we can see an exodus of some of our young defensemen at the TDL. So, good-bye Beaudin, Mitchell, and Galvas because we have Allen, Regula, and Vlasic coming hard on your heels.

    Based on what I saw:
    Johnson – Kane – Debrincat
    Toews – Kubalik – Hagel
    Dach – Strome – Borgstrom
    Carpenter – Jhaira – Kurashev
    Entwhistle – Gaudette

    McCabe – Jones
    Stillman – Murphy
    DeHaan – Gustafson
    Mitchell – Galvas

  • October 11, 2021 at 8:38 am

    Before the injuries to Jones and Kalynuk it was already looking like Kalynuk was possibly the #7 D man and that would have been a problem for his development

    So I had already been thinking that they might lick up a veteran D to fill the # 7 role

    With Jones going down as well that veteran D would be more useful if they could run PP2 hence the signing of Gus

    When everyone is healthy on D Gus will not see the ice – he might not even see CHI

    It’s a short term move to help the Hawks get off to a good start – if it doesn’t work you bail and bring up Mitchell or Galvas

  • October 11, 2021 at 9:30 am

    I watched limited pre-season action. wts- I think Mitchell was much more decisive in D Zone… still prone to crumble due to lack of size… but seemed to understand where his outlets were b4 pressure- most of times… real issue to overcome is when he has no time and needs to Battle

    Gus- is a very low risk/high reward pickup

    I think Subban- is very athletic- if he ever learns to soak up rebounds- might be a real goalie in future.

    I think Lankinen- played as well or better than TF in pre-season…
    I think that Soderblom and Commesso might be better than Both Goalies on Hawks within year or 2

  • October 11, 2021 at 9:47 am

    Why not?
    They are trying to win…,
    Very cheap deal & Always can get rid of him if he doesn’t work out, in a package deal later on…
    Connelly,Strome,gus & a middle pick for ?
    Stay Tuned….
    Hawks gunna Rock you !
    Let’s go HAWKS !

  • October 11, 2021 at 9:56 am

    I guess Runblad wasn’t available.

  • October 11, 2021 at 11:08 am

    My thoughts for today, Blackhawks caphit to open season will be around 84.5 m with Shaws ltir allowing them to exceed cap and Kalynuks pro rated one on ir
    Regula on non roster ir until he can be sent to Rfd., if still not cleared to play. Kalynuk and C.Jones on ir to open season, no need for ltir right away if using Shaw to open season over cap, retro active on Jones can be used if needed. Roster 14 fwds, the 12 from Saturday plus Hagel and Gaudette. Mitchell, Gus round D to maximize ltir as much as possible. Plus Lank and MAF in goal.

  • October 11, 2021 at 11:13 am

    Isn’t now about the time that we should have been expecting the Four Horseman to run roughshod? But instead we’ve gone from Four Horseman to Two Lost Ponies neither of whom is apparently good enough to even get a sniff at job on an injury depleted defense. Welcome to Stan’s world.

  • October 11, 2021 at 11:18 am

    Ian – so you’re thinking the Hawks will put Shaw on LTIR before season starts rather than waiting until after opening day?

    I didn’t think they would do that but maybe they will

  • October 11, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    Where is Morrison? Did he leave us or change his name?

  • October 11, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    I thought we got out from under this guy a couple years ago. do we ever learn ? Stan must have no concern about losing his job.

  • October 11, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Wow …well this incredible signing will make the Hawks tougher and harder to play against .

  • October 11, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    Guess going with C. Jones on ltir afterall, didn’t think they were going too. Entwistle and Kurashev paper move, hard to believe that and Kalynuks prorated hit gets them under 82.3m with Jones added.

  • October 11, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    Wrap when Kurashev and Entwistle were only 2 they do paper moves with, needed 12 fwds and 6 D so Mitchell and Dach needed replaced to have minimum roster, didn’t think the numbers would work for him, knew it was close. So thought must be going with Shaws to get under after Gus signed.

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