Gustafsson open to return home, will become UFA next week

Former Merrimack forward Hampus Gustafsson, who signed with the Washington Capitals in 2017, will be part of a group not tendered a new contract according to reports out of Washington, and will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Gustafsson, who has played in the ECHL and AHL since signing with the Capitals, is also open to returning to Sweden; he was training in Sweden earlier this month, according to a report from Hockey Sweden.

“Absolutely, it could be an alternative,” he told the website (translated). “If I get to test something new then I have to check which options I have and decide where I can develop the most. The goal is of course still to play in the NHL one day.”

Gustafsson, 25, appeared in 44 games for the AHL’s Hershey Bears this season, recording three assists. In 2017-18, Gustafsson had seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) in 29 AHL games with Hershey and he had 12 points (5 goals, 7 assists) in 29 games with the South Carolina Stingrays in the ECHL. Gustafsson had a pair of assists in 10 games after signing with Washington following his senior season at Merrimack in 2016-17.

Gustafsson hasn’t played in Sweden since 2011, when he played junior hockey for IF Troja-Ljungby J20.

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