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Canadiens Add Erik Gustafsson from Flyers

Defenseman Erik Gustaffson to the Canadiens ahead of the NHL Trade Deadline. The trade is for a 2022 seventh-round draft pick.

Erik Gustafsson Flyers Trade

Not long after the Philadelphia Flyers signed Scott Laughton to a long-term extension, they traded defenseman Erik Gustaffson to the Montreal Canadiens in the final moments of the NHL Trade Deadline. The trade is for a 2022 seventh-round draft pick.

Related: Flyers Re-Sign Scott Laughton to Five-Year Extension

The Flyers will retain 50% of Gustafsson’s salary, which means the Canadiens will be taking on another $1.5 million in salary. Gustafsson is a UFA this summer.

Gustafson is two years removed from a 60 point season. Has 10 points in 24 games this year. He might be a guy who can facilitate on the power play. He’s got puck moving ability and a great shot. He likely won’t play top minutes as he’s struggled in his own end at time, but he can do a great job on the third pair.

The important part here is that the cost was low for Montreal, who proved everyone right when insiders believed they probably had at least one more trick in their bag of tricks before the deadline closesd.

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