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. 

Source: Mike Kelly
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