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Report: Flyers’ Gustafsson signs in KHL (Updated)

May 16, 2014, 12:21 PM EDT

Erik Gustaffson, Darren Helm, Steve Mason AP

From our friends at CSN Philly:

Erik Gustafsson won’t be returning to the Flyers next season. The 25-year-old defenseman signed Friday with Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League, according to an NJ.com report.

Gustafsson played in just 31 games this past season — and oftentimes was a healthy scratch. He tallied two goals and eight assists in those games, and also scored in the Flyers’ Game 6 win over the Rangers.

Gustafsson was a pending restricted free agent on a crowded Philly blue line. The undrafted Swede was signed by the Flyers out of college (Northern Michigan) in 2010.

Update:

  1. goodolejr - May 16, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Damn…I was looking forward to seeing his speed full time next season. He’s probably not going to be anything more than a 3rd MAYBE 2nd pairing guy but he’s a lot faster than almost all Flyers dmen. Hopefully he’ll come back in a few years and be a much better player after getting regular minutes in the KHL.

  2. petersteelewannabe - May 16, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    He was never going to be a #1 D man, but with his speed (at least he LOOKS fast compared to the other D) he was nice to have on the ice as a third pairing option. They way they dicked him around though I don’t blame him.

  3. flyboystransport - May 16, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Couldn’t beat out messzaros for the 6th d spot. Was never gonna make it here. Best of luck

  4. maalea - May 16, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    It’s seemed that Berube didn’t take to him. I don’t blame him for moving on

  5. flyerspsu - May 16, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    He was a lot better than the coaching staff gave him credit for, i mean hall gill got the nod over him for game 5 before he scored in game 6, whenever he played it was clear how much of an impact his speed and skill had, just look at his advanced stats, when he was on the ice the flyers outchanced their opponents, he was probably better than Grossman and schenn IMO, I can’t blame him for the decision

    • ju8686 - May 16, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      Speed and skill matter little to the Flyers on D. All they need are big guys with a “big” shot, fists of steel and heads of granite.

      • flyboystransport - May 16, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        What skill? He was as much of a turnover machine when he was pressured as Matt carle was. Can he skate, yes? He has weak outlet passes, no shot from the point and got beat defensively. He’s been given several opportunities to play top 6 and never panned out

  6. har21441 - May 16, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    LOL giroux

    • laxman1944 - May 16, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      You alright?….seriuosly

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