Erik Gustafsson signs with the Flyers

Philly adds to its backend

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The Philadelphia Flyers have signed free agent defenceman Erik Gustafsson to a one-year contract. The deal is worth $3 million. 

Gustafsson recorded 29 points (6g-23a) in 66 regular season games split between the Chicago Blackhawks (59gp) and the Calgary Flames (7gp) in 2019-20. He added four points, all assists, in 10 games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with the Flames in the Edmonton bubble. Prior to being traded to the Flames at the deadline, Gustafsson led all Blackhawks defensemen in power-play ice-time on average at 2:49 per-game and ranked third among Chicago d-men in overall average ice time (20:53).

Over parts of four seasons in the NHL with the Blackhawks (2015-16 to 2019-20) and Flames (2019-20), Gustafsson has 119 points (28g-91a) in 221 regular season games. He has averaged nearly 20 minutes of ice time per game in his career (19:58). His best season came two years ago during the 2018-19 campaign when he posted 17 goals and 43 assists for 60 points in 79 games for Chicago. His 17 goals, and 13 power-play goals, tied for third among all NHL d-men.

Philadelphia has been mostly quiet on the free agent front, instead mostly choosing to stick with the talent they have and the prospects coming up through the team's system.