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Canes Acquire Forsberg, Forsling from Chicago

De Haan and Saarela traded to Blackhawks

by Canes PR @NHLCanes / Carolina Hurricanes News Release

RALEIGH, NC - Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the Hurricanes have acquired goaltender Anton Forsberg and defenseman Gustav Forsling from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman Calvin de Haan and forward Aleksi Saarela.

"We are thrilled to add two young, talented players to our organization," said Waddell. "Anton is a big, skilled goaltender and we look forward to him competing for our goaltending job this fall. Gustav has shown a great deal of skill in his young career and we believe he will continue to develop."

Forsberg, 26, has posted an 11-24-4 record with a 3.21 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage in 45 career NHL games with Chicago and Columbus. The Harnosand, Sweden, native appeared in a career-high 35 games with the Blackhawks during the 2017-18 season, posting a 10-16-4 record with a 2.97 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. Forsberg tallied a 15-15-2 record in 32 games with the Rockford IceHogs (AHL) last season, posting a 2.64 goals-against average and .919 save percentage. The 6'3", 192-pound goaltender has earned an 88-50-21 record in 158 career AHL games with Rockford, Cleveland, Lake Erie and Springfield. He was selected by Columbus in the seventh round, 188th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft. 

Forsling, 23, recorded nine points (3g, 6a) in 43 games with the Blackhawks last season. The 6'0", 186-pound defenseman was selected by Vancouver in the fifth round, 126th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft and has earned 27 points (8g, 19a) in 122 career NHL games with Chicago. Forsling tallied two assists in five games with Rockford (AHL) last season and has recorded 15 points (3g, 12a) in 53 career AHL games with the IceHogs. 

De Haan, 28, earned 14 points (1g, 13a) in 74 games with the Hurricanes in 2018-19 in his first season with the team. Saarela, 22, appeared in one game with the Hurricanes, making his NHL debut in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Washington on April 20.

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