The CHICAGO Blackhawks brought back Erik Gustafsson on Monday and accepted a one-year contract with the free agent’s defender.
Gustafsson was released by the New York Islanders on Sunday. The deal with Chicago is worth $ 800,000.
Gustafsson’s return strengthens the Blackhawks’ blue line after they lost young defenders Caleb Jones and Wyatt Kalynuk to injuries. Jones sprained his left wrist, and Kalynuk sprained his right ankle.
The Blackhawks visit Colorado on Wednesday for their season opener.
The 29-year-old Gustafsson made his NHL debut with Chicago in 2015. He set career highs with 17 goals and 43 assists in 79 games for the Blackhawks in the 2018-19 season.
He was traded to Calgary in February 2020 for a draft of the third round. He played for Philadelphia and Montreal last season and finished with one goal and 11 assists in 29 games.
Gustafsson has 29 goals and 102 assists in 250 careers in the regular season, with one goal and seven assists in 31 playoff games.
The Blackhawks also assigned four players to Rockford from the AHL; forward MacKenzie Entwistle and Philipp Kurashev, and goalkeepers Collin Delia and Malcolm Subban.