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Gustafsson held back in Chicago as team departs for Dallas

Mike Armenti   ·   22 février 2020
The Chicago Blackhawks will embark on a trip to Dallas to take on the Stars on Sunday afternoon, but they will do so without one of their regular blueliners, as Erik Gustafsson is not travelling with the team, per The Athletic's Mark Lazerus.

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Gustafsson's name has been circulating heavily in trade rumours recently and the decision to keep him home during the team's upcoming road trip is a pretty good indicator that the team expects to have a deal done before Monday's trade deadline.

Gustafsson, 27, has suited up in 59 contests for the Blackhawks this season, registering 26 points over that span. Certainly respectable numbers for the 4th round draft pick from the 2012 draft (93rd overall). The Swedish defenseman is just one season removed from a career-high 60 point year with the Hawks.



According to Lazarus, the team has called up 22-year-old Lucas Carlsson to take his fellow countryman's spot in the lineup in Dallas. Carlsson has registered 26 points of his own for the Rockford Ice Hogs this season, in just 48 games played for the Hawks' AHL affiliate.

GM Stan Bowman has been pretty tight-lipped about Gustafsson, though it has been speculated that the Vegas Golden Knights may be interested in acquiring Gustafsson for their upcoming playoff run. We will have more on this story as it develops.

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