Who would have thought trading a budding young star on Defence would lead to the Hurricanes having one of the best defense corp in the NHL? In a surprising trade, two weeks ago, Carolina traded a pair of ex #5 overall picks in Noah Hanafin and Elias Lindholm to the Calgary Flames in exchange for the leagues top goal scoring defensemen, Dougie Hamilton, Michael Ferland, and NCAA standout Adam Fox.
Both fanbases were torn on the trade so that means the trade must have been pretty fair.
Tonight the Hurricanes sign UFA Defensemen, Calvin de Haan. de Haan put up 12 points in 33 games before being sidelined with a shoulder injury last year in NY. de Haan is the latest player to leave the not quite yet Ottawa Senator-esque level tire fire that is the New York Islanders. Most of you know that Tavares left the Island for Toronto. Now it looks like any player with talent that has the ability to leave the Island is doing so.
This UFA signing and the edition of Dougie Hamilton has given Carolina the best D-corp in the league. Could that be a problem? Well the Flames tried boasting about this last year and their “best Defence in the NHL” led them directly out of the playoffs.
Carolina has a problem that no beer league team has ever had.. they just have way to many good D. Look at this embarrassment of riches. Some great young D knocking on the door to replace… some great young D.
Calvin de Haan
Trevor Van Riemsdyk
Some great young D knocking on the door to replace… some great young D.
If I was a betting man I’d say Carolina is going to move a D or two for some help on the front end. As much as I hate to say this but could Toronto make a move here to help bolster their lacking defence? What forward would Toronto want to move?
Is Edmonton a good trading partner? Edmonton would like to see their D get more stiff. Would a deal around Faulk for Puljujarvi work?
What do you think?
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