Red Wings: Are There Any UFA’s Worth Adding Before Camp?

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - FEBRUARY 15: Bobby Ryan #54 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against the Chicago Blackhawks at Little Caesars Arena on February 15, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - FEBRUARY 15: Bobby Ryan #54 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against the Chicago Blackhawks at Little Caesars Arena on February 15, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
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Erik Gustafsson

Age: 29

Position: LD

2021 Salary: $3,000,000

2021 Team: Philadelphia/Montreal

GP: 29

G: 1

A: 11

PTS: 12

Erik Gustafsson was a 4th round draft pick of Edmonton in 2012.  A veteran of five NHL seasons and 250 regular season games, Gustafsson has scored 131 points.

Prior to playing in the NHL, Gustafsson played parts of three seasons in Rockford (AHL) and scored 58 points in 120 games.

Gustafsson started his NHL career playing parts of five seasons in Chicago followed by short stints in Calgary, Philadelphia, and Montreal.

Gustafsson is a bit on the expensive side based on what he can deliver to an NHL roster.  If Gustafsson expects a bump in salary, he might have to go back and play in Europe.  The frozen salary cap for this season has limited Gustafsson’s bargaining power, and therefore, Gutafsson remains one of the top remaining defensive UFA’s.