Carolina Hurricanes sign Calvin de Haan for pro tryout

Carolina Hurricanes brought back defenseman Calvin de Haan on pro tryout Wyatt Ruff reported Friday.

de Haan, 31, is a 6’1″, 195-pound left-handed defenseman who scored eight points (four goals, four assists) and an average of 18:57 in 69 games for the Chicago Blackhawks this season. 2021-2022.

Before being traded to Chicago in 2019, de Haan played one season with the Hurricanes after signing a four-year contract with the club as a free agent. He averaged one goal and 14 points 18:31 in 74 games in his first round at Carolina.

The New York Islanders originally selected de Haan in the first round (12th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He made his NHL debut with the club in 2011-12 and played the first four minutes on Long Island before leaving for Carolina as a UFA in 2018.

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The Hurricanes have a relatively congested defensive group, although there could be room for de Haan to sneak into the third pair. Jaccob Slavin and Brady Skjei will likely play the first four minutes on the left side, but Jake Gardiner is a big question mark after missing the entire 2021-22 season through injury.

In 520 regular season NHL games with the Islanders, Hurricanes and Blackhawks, de Haan scored 19 goals and 119 points. He added one goal and five points in 37 career postseason games.

de Haan is the second left-handed defender to sign a professional trial contract today. He joins Danny DeKeyser, whose PTO with the Vancouver Canucks was also announcement Friday morning.

With de Haan and DeKeyser set to attend NHL camps, only seven defensemen who played more than 20 games last year remain on the market: Keith Yandle, PK Subban, Anton Stralman, Zdeno Chara, Andy Greene, Kris Russell and Nathan Beaulieu.

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