Haydn Fleury is on his way to Anaheim. 👀 pic.twitter.com/qVjrRRCkUo
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) April 12, 2021
Carolina Hurricanes Deal Haydn Fleury to Anaheim Ducks
The Anaheim Ducks picked up Haydn Fleury in a move to solidify the future of their defence. Fleury is a big defenceman, six foot four, 220 pounds, and a former first-round draft pick (seventh overall) in the 2014 draft. In four seasons, all with Carolina he has played 167 games with five goals and 19 assists. This season he has played 35 games with the Hurricanes recording just one goal, averaging 13 minutes and 36 seconds of ice time.
The Carolina Hurricanes, another bruising defenceman who is six foot five and 220 pounds. The 29-year-old had seen little NHL action before this season, playing just five games before this season. He has featured in all 42 games for the Ducks this season averaging 18 minutes and 37 seconds of ice time. The Hurricanes also receive a 2021 6th round pick from the Ducks.
This seems like a lateral move for both teams outside of contracts. Hakanpaa is a free agent at the end of this season with a cap hit of $750,000. Haydn Fleury is under contract through the 2021-2022 season with a cap hit of $1.3 million. The Hurricanes get a bit more salary-cap freedom to perhaps make some further moves going forward, and Anaheim gets, perhaps a defenceman with a bit more upside. Hakanpaa will add size and depth to the Hurricanes similar to that of Fluery. A change of scenery may be good for both players.
The Carolina Hurricanes are in first place in the NHL Central Division and hoping to hold off the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers. The Anaheim Ducks are last in the NHL West Division and looking to build towards future years.
The Hurricanes take on the Detroit Red Wings tonight. The Ducks will battle the San Jose Sharks. Neither player will be in the lineup until later in the week.
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