Canes’ Calvin de Haan expected to recover from eye injury

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Calvin de Haan, who sustained an injury to his right eye in Monday’s road game at Colorado, is expected to recover, general manager Don Waddell said Tuesday.

Waddell, in a statement, said de Haan was treated and released from a Denver hospital and made the flight back to Raleigh with the team.

“At this point, his eye is responding as we would hope,” Waddell said. “We are optimistic that he will make a normal recovery without restrictions to his ability to play hockey in the near future.”

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Calvin de Haan skates off the ice after being injured in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Denver. Carolina won 3-0. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski AP

The Canes on Tuesday recalled defenseman Haydn Fleury on an emergency basis from the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL.

De Haan was injured in the third period of the Canes’ 3-0 victory over the Avalanche when the Avs’ Alexander Kerfott’s stick blade caught de Haan under the helmet visor. De Haan left the game and did not return.

De Haan has played in 67 games in his first season with the Canes. Fleury has played 14 games for the Canes and 22 for the Checkers.

Earlier this season, de Haan took a stick under his helmet shield from William Nylander of the Toronto Maple Leafs, just missing his left eye and causing a gash under the eyebrow that took six stitches to close.

In more than 30 years at The N&O, Chip Alexander has covered the N.C. State, UNC, Duke and East Carolina beats, and now is in his 11th season on the Carolina Hurricanes beat. Alexander, who has won numerous writing awards at the state and national level, covered the Hurricanes’ move to North Carolina in 1997 and was a part of The N&O’s coverage of the Canes’ 2006 Stanley Cup run.