One of the best defensive corps in the National Hockey League just got better - again.
After acquiring Dougie Hamilton from Calgary in a five-player, draft-day trade, the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday signed defenseman Calvin de Haan to a four-year contract worth $18.2 million.
It's a statement signing for the Canes, snagging one of the top defensemen on the unrestricted free agent market to bolster what's already one of the league's most formidable blue lines.
"I get to play with one of the best, young blue lines in the NHL," de Haan said on a conference call. "I feel like I can step in and help this team win. I'm aware that the Hurricanes haven't made the playoffs in the last nine years, and to be honest, I really want to be part of the solution here."