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THREE THINGS: What you need to know about Calvin de Haan

Get to know the Blackhawks' newest defenseman

by Chris Kuc /

The Blackhawks added a veteran to their blue line with Monday's acquisition of Calvin de Haan from the Hurricanes. The Blackhawks sent goaltender Anton Forsberg and defenseman Gustav Forsling to Carolina in exchange for the 28-year-old de Haan and forward Aleksi Saarela (the brother of Antti Saarela, whom the Blackhawks selected in the fourth round (123rd overall) in last weekend's 2019 NHL Draft).

Here's what you need to know about de Haan.

The Carp, Ontario native was originally drafted in the first round (12th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft by the Islanders, who traded up two times before selecting de Haan.

While playing for the AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers, de Haan was a teammate of Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton.

De Haan spent six seasons with the Islanders (2011-12; 2013-18) and had 12 goals and 69 assists in 304 regular-season games. De Haan also had three assists in 16 postseason games with New York. De Haan signed as a free agent with the Hurricanes on July 3, 2018 and had a goal and 13 assists in 74 regular-season games before adding a goal in 12 postseason contests as the Hurricanes advanced to the Eastern Conference Final.
After missing the final 49 games of the 2017-18 season with Islanders due to a shoulder injury, de Haan inked a four-year, $18.2 million free-agent contract with the Hurricanes. His contract carries an AVV of $4,550,000 and is signed through the 2021-22 season.

De Haan missed the Hurricanes' final three regular-season games and first three first-round postseason contests against the Capitals before returning to the lineup to help Carolina make its run to the conference finals.

On May 21, de Haan had surgery on his shoulder and his recovery time was tabbed at four to six months.

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