Shocker, Stan Bowman has brought back another ex-Hawk.
Today, the Blackhawks announced they’re bringing back Erik Gustafsson. He spent his first 4 NHL seasons with the Blackhawks, playing 214 games with 116 points (28G 88A), an average of 20:02 per game, 251 blocked shots, 240 hits, 76 takeaways, and 165 giveaways. Gustafsson then went to Calgary, then Philadelphia, and finally finished last season in Montreal. Between those 3 teams, he put up 15 points in 36 games.
Gustafsson makes sense because of the injuries to Wyatt Kalynuk and Caleb Jones, plus he’s signed at almost league minimum so it’s not a huge cap hit at least. I wasn’t too big a fan of Gus when he was here last time. He made some careless mistakes. I’m unsure about this signing. He has been bopped around the league and with not much playing time so I don’t want to be like “yeah, maybe some new experiences helped him get better” but he hasn’t really had much playing time to shape things up.
I mean I’m not shocked Bowman did this, the list of players he has brought back just continues on and on. Let’s see how this one shakes out but I’m not feeling optimistic.
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