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.”
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.