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De Haan out indefinitely for Hurricanes with eye injury

Defenseman released from hospital, GM optimistic he can 'make normal recovery' @NHLdotcom

Calvin de Haan will be out indefinitely for the Carolina Hurricanes because of an injury to his right eye.

The 27-year-old defenseman was injured at 6:47 of the third period Monday during a 3-0 win at the Colorado Avalanche when the blade of Alexander Kerfoot's stick struck him under the visor on the follow-through of a shot. De Haan left the game and was evaluated at a hospital before being released and returning to Raleigh with the Hurricanes.

"Calvin sustained an injury to his right eye last night but was released from the hospital in time to make the flight home with the team," general manager Don Waddell said. "At this point, his eye is responding as we would hope. We are optimistic that he will make a normal recovery without restrictions to his ability to play hockey in the near future."

De Haan has 14 points (one goal, 13 assists), 169 hits and 96 blocked shots in 67 games with the Hurricanes this season. He signed a four-year, $18.2 million contract ($4.55 million average annual value) with Carolina on July 1 after spending the past six seasons with the New York Islanders.

Defenseman Haydn Fleury was recalled from Charlotte of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. He has one assist in 14 NHL games this season, and five points (two goals, three assists) in 23 AHL games.

The Hurricanes (38-24-7) are in third place in the Metropolitan Division, four points behind the second-place Islanders and tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins in points (83). Carolina visits the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, TVAS, FS-O, FS-CR, NHL.TV).

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