RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The Carolina Hurricanes announced Tuesday they have signed depth defensemen Haydn Fleury and Gustav Forsling to one-year contracts.
Fleury signed a one-way deal worth $850,000. The 23-year-old played in 20 regular-season games for the Hurricanes last year. He had one assist in that span and added 10 points in 28 appearances with the Charlotte Checkers.
“Haydn has taken strides during each of his three professional seasons in our organization,” general manager Don Wadell said in a press release. “We’ve been encouraged by his development and our hope is that he becomes a fixture in our lineup.”
Forsling, also 23 years old, was acquired in a June 24 trade that sent Calvin de Haan and Aleksi Saarela to the Chicago Blackhawks. He had three goals and six assists in 43 games with the Blackhawks last season.
“Gustav is a skilled, young defenseman,” Waddell said. “He has shown promise throughout his time in the NHL and we expect him to continue to develop.”
Forsling’s contract is a two-way deal that will pay him $874,125 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level, the team said.
Carolina appears to have much of its defensive lineup figured out, although the team has a higher concentration of right-handed blueliners. Dougie Hamilton, Justin Faulk, Brett Pesce, and Trevor van Riemsdyk are all right-handed shots.
So, unless one of the aforementioned righties ends up playing on his off-side, the Hurricanes may find themselves relying on either Fleury or Forsling to slot in on the second pairing. The team also has 25-year-old Trevor Carrick and up-and-coming 20-year-old Jake Bean in the pipeline. The shortage of left-handed defenseman could mean they get a chance to compete for a spot on the Hurricanes’ roster should the team decide to fill the gap from within.
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