Flames boost defense, add Gustafsson and Forbort
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The Calgary Flames bolstered their defense corps on deadline day with the acquisition of Erik Gustafsson from the Chicago Blackhawks for a 2020 third-round draft pick.

Calgary also added Derek Forbort from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a 2021 conditional fourth-round selection.

The Kings will retain 25% of Forbort's salary, according to Sportsnet's Ryan Leslie. If the Flames make the Western Conference Final this spring and the defenseman plays in half the games, or if he re-signs this offseason, the pick becomes a third-rounder in 2022, per Wes Gilbertson of Postmedia.

Chicago will receive the earlier of Calgary's two third-round picks in 2020.

Flames General manager Brad Treliving was hoping to improve his team's back end ahead of the deadline. The Flames currently occupy the Western Conference's first wild-card spot despite being the only club with a negative goal differential while holding a playoff position.

After recording 60 points last season, Gustafsson's output has cooled somewhat in 2019-20. He's amassed 26 points in 59 games this year.

Forbort, meanwhile, has missed most of the current campaign due to a back injury. He's a steady third-pairing blue-liner when healthy.

Flames boost defense, add Gustafsson and Forbort
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