Erik Gustafsson has spent the majority of his time with the Chicago Blackhawks organization in the American Hockey League. After playing 41 games in the NHL during the 2015-16 season, Gustafsson spent all of last season with the Rockford IceHogs.
Gustafsson was recalled in late January after being named an AHL All-Star and has played in 19 games since. It appears that the soon to be 26-year-old defender is in the Blackhawks beyond this season.
Mike Kelly of TSN reported this afternoon that the Blackhawks will sign Gustafsson to a two-year contract extension. Kelly says that the deal will be worth somewhere between $2.2 and 2.5 million total. This would be nearly double his current salary of $650,000.
This seems like a bit much for a sixth or seventh, borderline NHL defenseman.
Expect the Blackhawks to announce a 2-year extension for Erik Gustafsson some time this week. Total value in the neighbourhood of $2.2 - $2.5M. Gustafsson is RFA making $650K this season.
— Mike Kelly (@MikeKellyNHL) March 5, 2018