Erik Gustafsson

Blackhawks Trade Erik Gustafsson to Calgary

The defenseman had been held out for the last two games prior to the NHL trade deadline

With the NHL trade deadline looming, the Chicago Blackhawks made a trade, sending defenseman Erik Gustafsson to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a draft pick.

The deal was first reported by Sportsnet Senior Columnist Eric Francis:

The Blackhawks confirmed the trade just after 3:30 p.m., announcing that the team had acquired a third round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft in exchange for Gustafsson.

Gustafsson has six goals and 20 assists in 59 games this season for the Blackhawks. He has been held out of the team's last two games ahead of the trade deadline.

The blue liner is set to become a free agent at season's end. He carries a $1.2 million cap hit.

After a breakout 2018-19 season that saw him rack up 17 goals and dish out 43 assists, Gustafsson has struggled in his contract season, with 26 points in 59 games for the Blackhawks.

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