Blackhawks sign Gustafsson; Kings avoid arbitration with Gravel


A couple of 25-year-old defensemen signed contract extensions today.

First in Chicago, where Erik Gustafsson has re-upped for a year. No financial details were released by the club.

Gustafsson has not played for the Blackhawks since the 2015-16 season.

From the press release:

Gustafsson, 25, registered a team-high 25 assists and led club blueliners with 30 points in 68 games with the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs during the 2016-17 regular season. He also led the team with 185 shots and ranked second with 14 power-play points (1G, 13A). The Nynashamn, Sweden, native has posted 41 points (8G, 33A) in 95 regular-season games with the IceHogs over the past two seasons.

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, the Kings avoided an arbitration hearing with Kevin Gravel, who got a one-year, two-way contract extension.

From the press release:

The 25-year-old (born March 6, 1992) 6-4, 212-pound native of Kingsford, Michigan appeared in 49 games last season with the Kings, posting seven points (1-6=7), a plus-3 rating and six penalty minutes.

He registered his first NHL point on Nov. 8 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and scored his first NHL goal on Feb. 23 against the Boston Bruins.

Gravel’s deal is worth $650,000 at the NHL level.