Flyers qualify Erik Gustafsson, three others

Flyers qualify Erik Gustafsson, three others
July 2, 2013, 11:30 am
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Erik Gustafsson scored five points and averaged 20:08 in 27 games for the Flyers last season. (USA Today Images)

The Flyers’ rather expensive corps of defensemen is about to get a tad more expensive this week with the club handing out a qualifying offer to pending restricted free agent Erik Gustafsson.

Gustafsson’s one-year qualifier is for $850,000, if he plays for the Flyers and $67,500 if he goes to the AHL’s Phantoms, according to a league source.

His game rose considerably last season with the Flyers -- his ice time increased by four minutes to an average of 20 minutes a night.

Were it not for a difficult-to-find fracture in his right leg last winter, Gustafsson would have played the entire lockout-shortened season instead of just 27 games.

The Flyers came into the week with approximately $33.2 million committed to their blue line, according to Capgeek.com.

Other qualifying offers were:

Defenseman Oliver Lauridsen, who performed very well in the later part of the season as an injury call-up, was given an offer of $643,500 ($65,000 minors)

Fellow defensive call-up Brandon Manning got $715,000 ($65,000)

Forward Eric Wellwood, one of the fastest skaters in the organization who continues to recover from a gruesome skate injury, remains at $594,000 ($65,000).

Wellwood is many months away from playing competitively again.

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