FLYERS GUSTAFSSON FOR BLUELINER NISKANEN: IS THERE A FIT?

Asks The Athletic’s Charlie O’Connor:

General manager Chuck Fletcher nabbed a target from the unrestricted free agency pool, signing 28-year-old defenseman Erik Gustafsson to a one-year, $3 million contract.

Gustafsson — a 6-foot, 197-pound Swedish blueliner — has spent four years in the NHL, largely with the Chicago Blackhawks, though they traded him to the Calgary Flames at the deadline in February for a third-round pick. He appeared in 17 games for the Flames, including 10 postseason contests. They didn’t re-sign the pending unrestricted free agent (UFA), and after three days on the open market, the Flyers snapped him up.

Given Matt Niskanen’s retirement, it’s little surprise the Flyers’ first major outside addition this offseason addresses the now-thin blue line.

But while the decision to add a defenseman is easy to understand, Gustafsson’s precise fit on the blue line and within the overall roster is a bit more hazy.

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