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The Washington Capitals signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Erik Gustafsson, who shoots left-handed, to a one-year, $800,000 contract.
Erik Gustafsson to Washington Capitals
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The 30-year-old earned three goals, 18 points, a -4 rating, 50% five-on-five Corsi-for percentage, 47.07% expected goals-for percentage, and 47.71% five-on-five scoring chances-for percentage in 59 games with the Chicago Blackhawks last season. He averaged 16:13 per game (eighth among Blackhawks defensemen), including 1:56 on the power play (second).
In 309 career regular-season games with the Blackhawks, Calgary Flames, Philadelphia Flyers, and Montreal Canadiens, Gustafsson has 32 goals, 149 points, and a -8 rating. He had a 17-goal, 60-point season in 79 games with Chicago in 2018-19.
Gustafsson will likely play on the Capitals’ third pairing next to Trevor Van Riemsdyk. The team needed a replacement after Justin Schultz signed a two-year deal with the Seattle Kraken earlier on Wednesday.
After signing Gustafsson, Kuemper, Lindgren, and defenseman Matt Irwin, the Capitals had $3,628,334 left in cap space.
By Harrison Brown