Dominoes keep falling across the National Hockey League, and for one specific player, dominoes appears to rhyme with adios!
The Carolina Hurricanes signed free-agent defenseman Calvin de Haan to a four-year contract on Tuesday evening. General manager Don Waddell revealed that the deal is worth a total of $18.2 million; a massive signing for the Canes, who now appear quite menacing on the blue line.
"To be honest, it was a pretty simple one," de Haan told the NHL.com website. "I get to play with one of the best young blue lines in the NHL. That to me is very important. I feel I can step in and help this team win. I'm aware that the Hurricanes haven't made the playoffs in the past nine years and I want to be part of the solution here. That was basically it, and I feel I can help this team win."
It seems that de Haan is already set on leading the young defensive crew in Raleigh, which points more and more to an imminent trade involving one of the team's captain. Especially that the significant signing came less than two weeks removed from adding Dougie Hamilton to the mix, in a draft weekend blockbuster trade.
You've guessed right, it seems more and more likely that Justin Faulk will not start the season in Carolina. On top of all the transactions that have already taken place, another one on the way, as the Hurricanes are actively trying to get Trevor van Riemsdyk signed, make it almost official that they will be looking to move Faulk.
The Canes new GM even admitted that signing de Haan creates potential for more moves to be made this summer.
“It may give us an option to look at some other either need for need or restocking the shelves with young players and draft picks,” Waddell said to Cory Lavalette of NSJ Online. “But we’ve got some time on our side … so I don’t feel an urgency to do something, but certainly we’ll look at all our options.”
There is already chatter of rival teams lining up to acquire the services of Faulk before the start of training camp. According to Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun Times, the Blackhawks are looking into the possibility of making a move for the veteran blue liner.
For once, the Hurricanes don't have to worry about not reaching the cap floor of $58.8 million, even if they end up moving Faulk, who will cost $4.833 million against the salary cap the next two seasons.
The Hurricanes were also said to be shopping forward Jeff Skinner during the draft weekend, however now with de Haan on board, they could simply hold on to Skinner to start the year and look to move Faulk for young assets.
Let's see what happens...