There is no imminent trade involving the blue-liner, but the Blackhawks do have "options with Gustafsson," according to TSN's Bob McKenzie. He adds the team is protecting its asset in case a deal materializes.
Gustafsson had a breakout season in 2018-19, posting 60 points in 79 games. He's struggled to match that production this year, though, accruing just 26 points in 59 contests so far.
Still, as a 27-year-old pending unrestricted free agent counting for just $1.2 million against the salary cap, Gustafsson could garner interest leading up to Monday's deadline.
After a midseason charge, the Blackhawks are now likely to be deadline sellers. Chicago entered Friday's game eight points back of a wild-card spot with just one win in its last 10 contests.