Thursday, June 27, 2019

NHL Trade Review: Canes acquire Haula

From the Las Vegas Review-Journal


            The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired F Erik Haula from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for F Nicolas Roy and a conditional 2021 5th round pick. If Haula plays on the Hurricanes past next season, or the Canes trade Haula for a player, multiple draft picks or a pick rounds 1-5, the Knights get the draft pick. If Haula leaves as a free agent after next year, no pick will be given.

            The Hurricanes need a center, and Haula fits that need. He was picked from the Wild in the expansion draft, and scored 29 goals and 55 points in 76 games as the Golden Knights reached the Stanley Cup final in their first year. He played just 15 games this past season after taking an awful hit from now teammate (at the moment) Patrick Marleau. He had knee surgery, and spent time in a wheelchair before needing physical therapy to help him walk again. Roy and a 5th is a very slim price, though Haula might not return the same, as he hasn't played in an NHL game since the injury was sustained in Toronto on November 6th.

            Haula, 28, scored two goals with five assists for seven points in 15 games for the Golden Knights this past season. In his NHL career for the Knights and Minnesota Wild, he has scored 73 goals with 78 assists for 151 points in 357 games.

            The Golden Knights are already over the salary cap, so they need to free up a lot of space. Haula had one year left at $2.75 million, a trade-able salary. In return, the get Roy, who has little NHL experience. He will likely go back to the AHL this year.

             Roy, 22, scored no points in six NHL games this year, and hasn't scored in seven career NHL games. In 2018-19 for AHL Charlotte, Roy scored 17 goals with 19 assists for 36 points in 69 games.

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