The Montreal Canadiens have acquired defenceman Erik Gustafsson in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Habs sent a seventh round pick for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft to the Flyers.
Philly will retain half of Gustafsson’s salary.
The 29-year-old from Nynashamn has 10 points in 24 games this season, including a goal and nine helpers.
Gustafsson spent his development years with Djurgarden and skated in the Swedish Elite League for his debut in the 2011-2012 season. The Edmonton Oilers were paying attention and drafted him in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Gustafsson spent three more years in Sweden before making his NHL debut as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks in October of 2015. He signed a two year deal with Chicago and spent time in the NHL and with the AHL’s Rockford club, plus he skated for Sweden in the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
Gustafsson bounced between Chicago and Rockford for a while, but he put in work for 79 games with the Blackhawks in 2018-2019. The blueliner produced 60 points that season, including 17 goals and 43 assists – his best season to date by far.
In 245 regular season games with the Blackhawks, Calgary Flames, and Flyers, Gustafsson has 129 points and 71 penalty minutes.
Gustafsson can move the puck and put up numbers, plus he puts in a lot of minutes per game. He averages 17:24 this season.