Blackhawks Acquire Calvin de Haan In 4-Player Deal

On Monday night the Blackhawks added yet another defenseman.

Chicago acquired defenseman Calvin de Haan and forward Aleksi Saarela from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for goaltender Anton Forsberg and defenseman Gustav Forsling.

de Haan, 28, has a $4.55M cap hit and is signed through the 2021-22 season. He was originally drafted in the first round (12th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders. de Haan suffered a shoulder injury against Pittsburgh on March 31 but returned for Game 4 of the first-round playoff series against Washington. He had surgery in late May and is expected to be out 4-6 months, putting the beginning of the 2019-20 season in question.

Saarela, 22, has a $902,500 cap hit and is signed through the 2019-20 season. He was originally drafted in the third round (89th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft by the New York Rangers.

Forsberg and Forsling are both restricted free agents.

47 thoughts on “Blackhawks Acquire Calvin de Haan In 4-Player Deal

  • June 24, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Great trade – love it. DeHaan is a solid defensive d-man and good shot blocker. The only negative is that he had shoulder surgery in late may and will be out 4-6 months so he may not be ready at the start of the season.

    Don’t know much about Saarela, but Forsling and Forsberg are a couple “who cares” for me.

  • June 24, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    First off, how are you so fast at this, Mr. Bamford?

    Secondly, good trade. Not a big Forsling fan as he seems to lack that confidence that you need back on D. He was squeezed out so better for him.
    Forsberg was more of a case of coming to Chi at wrong time. Wouldnt surprise me if he does well in Carolina.
    Good trade. I was worried it might be Hamilton who I dont like and feel overrated but De Haan should definitely make team better

    Exciting news.

  • June 24, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Love the trade. Just don’t even understand what Carolina is doing.

  • June 24, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Something’s not right with this picture. The Hawks now have six left-handed Dmen:

    de Haan

  • June 24, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Getting crowded at the back. Who (of any significance) is shipping out….Gus, Murphy? Something has to give.

    Maatta – 28
    De Haan – ?

    Maybe a scoring winger next? Stan likes to deal (and Canes have been a frequent partner).

  • June 24, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Wow they get the 2 Saarela Brothers …plus a dman …Wow

  • June 24, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Gustaffson plays right defense with Keith. Connor Murphy plays right defense.
    Seabrook plays right D, Jokihariju plays right D.

  • June 24, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Gus has been playing RD and Dahlstrom will be in RKF and KK probably the 7th D

    Maatta or DeHaan may play both sides – Idk

    Great trade – CAR must have an internal budget because I don’t see the equivalent value going back but I’m not complaining

  • June 24, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Probably also means Boq will play another year of juniors which will be fine for his development – no need to rush

    When they trade Gus or let him walk after next year then Boq will be ready

  • June 24, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Wow, Hawks D suddenly looks respectable. These moves take a lot of pressure off of Keith which should help his play too.

  • June 24, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    To clarify, by scoring winger I mean anyone who fits that description but not named Corey Perry.

    Agree Boqvist should stay in London.

  • June 24, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Great trade. Wonder who is on the move. Got to make room for incoming defenders ( Boqvist, Jokiharju)

  • June 24, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Don’t believe there was truth to the alleged trade offer of Seabrook to Vancouver for the third overall pick, but my guess is Seabrook is gonna be on the move. I just shudder to think what we need to include to move him. Most likely a 1st rd pick and a top prospect (Mitchell or Beaudin)

  • June 24, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    I sure hope this doesn’t mean they’re gonna be trading Murphy after making this deal. That would be incredibly dumb.

  • June 24, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Boqvist will not be in London next year. He will be in Chicago. That’s part of the plan. Gus is still going to be moved. Too many lefty’s on back and his value will never be higher. Anisimov likely going too. Hearing they want Dach up from day 1 as well.

  • June 24, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Good riddance Forsling, we’ve been forcefed him for about three seasons. He plays softer than Downy.

    I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again and again — you don’t trade weapons like Gustafsson. There’s no guarantee any of the alleged stud D men will QB the power play like he does. The power play proved last half of the season it’s one thing the Hawks don’t have to worry about. How many D men in the league run the PP like Gustafsson? This would be a larger blunder than trading away Panarin.

    De Haan is far better than Maata. What was the point of trading for Maata? Particularly trading away a solid, cheap and responsible bottom six forward like Kahun. Searching for defensive minded D men like De Haan goes back to Bowman trading away Hjallmersson.

    Bowman has found some very good players in Europe, let’s hope Gustafsson doesn’t have the same fate as Panarin, Kempny & Kahun to a lesser degree. The power play in the playoffs is critical — special teams as a whole. Trading Gustafsson would irreparably weaken the team.

  • June 24, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    “Trading Gustafsson would irreparably weaken the team.”

    [watches Gustafsson play “defense”]

    Yup, go ahead and move him if it helps get Anisimov out of here.

  • June 24, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    “Just don’t even understand what Carolina is doing.”


  • June 24, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Love the trade. I was hoping we would sign de Haan last year. I am surprised we also got the forward prospect Saarela. He appears to be a real prospect with 30 goals for the AHL champs and was actually called up for one of Carolina’s playoff games. Sure is nice to see the shoe on the other foot by taking advantage of teams that need to dump salary.

  • June 24, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Yet they took on Marleau’s contract for a year. Although they got a first round draft pick for doing so. Their main needs are to resign Aho and get a goalie with just under $25 million in cap space.

  • June 24, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Carolina obviously has a number well below the cap ceiling they want for themselves, more coming.

  • June 24, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    I don’t see Gus being moved right now. The PP is too important to team success and I don’t think any of the younger guys will be ready at the start of this year. Also with Matta and de Haan his defensive responsibility will drop significantly. The issue will be what happens if he has a strong year. He will have to be moved unless we can unload Seabrook’s contract.

  • June 24, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Mrfenn, CAR know they got a deal in the 29/86 trade because of the health thing. This is good doing by them.

    For Bowman thats another good trade.

  • June 24, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    I stand by my post and basis thereof. I never said Gustafsson is a Norris Trophy candidate or shut down D man. He can play the third pairing and the power play. He’s not a turnstyle in the D zone.

    Go ahead, get your wish if Gustafsson gets traded, let’s see who runs the PP like him, or anywhere in shouting distance to his level. He had 60 points in about 3/4 of the season playing regularly. He is far more of an asset to the team overall than a detriment.

    Other than my opinion of Morin (lol), I’ve been accurate about virtually all other players over the last few years on the blog. So as Q says, we ll see.

  • June 24, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Love the trade- defense WAS our Achilles heel- don’t feel that way now! AND some good experienced mentors for the young blue line bucks we have been getting ready to move up!
    Can’t wait for October!!

  • June 24, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Theres your 2nd pair shutdown pair we talked about a mth ago when trade rumors were being announced.


  • June 24, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Love the trade- defense WAS our Achilles heel- don’t feel that way now! AND some good experienced mentors for the young blue line bucks we have been getting ready to move up!
    Can’t wait for October!!

  • June 24, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Maybe we dress 8 dmen and 10 FW.

  • June 24, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Tanks ufas off, good trades players in.

  • June 24, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    My guess is Boqvist will not return to London next season. I think he’ll get a shot at making the Hawks, maybe get a few games at the beginning of the season (less than 10) and then spend the season in Rockford.

  • June 24, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    For what De haan brings to the table …limited point producer and 15 minuets a game ice time …this is a complete cap dump by Carolina..good for them ..dump 4.5 million and take on ???? not much … This deal imo not really that friendly or useful .

  • June 24, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    ER – I assuming you know that Boqvist can go to RKF – I was thinking that he couldn’t but you’re probably right because I think he’s on loan from his Swedish club or something like that

    Would JC make Seabs a 7th D? – seems unlikely but maybe if Seabs sees the writing on the wall he’d waive his nmc – again unlikely I think

  • June 24, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Haan is faster then Maata who is faster then Murf
    Haan is better passer then Maata who is better passer then Murf
    They all are good at D.
    This facts are nothing against Murf

    Excellent trade and have a shutdown pair now.
    Saw difference in the 2nd 40 games last yr with a checking line, until 64 was out a bit.

  • June 24, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    2010 Chanps…is that when you became aware of hockey?
    DeHaan is a very good defenseman…those are gold. That is why he is valuable even if he misses training camp. Very nice move for a D man who cannot defend and a goalie who can’t stop pucks.
    Oh…and by the way, we got a prospect whomjust scored 30 goals in the AHL regular season and put up 15 more points in 17 playoff games enroute to a Calder Cup. Great move, Stan.

  • June 24, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    2010 Champs-

    15 minutes of ice time a game? Uh, no. He averaged 18-20+ minutes over his career.

  • June 25, 2019 at 12:05 am

    Boqvist and/or Beaudin seasoning some more, and doing it in the AHL instead of Juniors? Don’t you have to be at least 20 years old to play in that league? Will those two qualify? In any event, Boqvist is a killer scorer. He’ll be among the top 20% of offensive defensemen in the NHL his very first year. I’d like to also hold onto Gustaffson. So what, if they miss an occasional defensive assignment with such off-the-charts offensive numbers? Besides, this off-season has been all about acquiring defensive expert vets who will have their backs, right? I’m getting pumped for this season.

  • June 25, 2019 at 7:11 am

    To back up Iceman-you do trade when the value of the player is high (yes)-but Gus has progressed (slower on the D side I know) a lot in the last year or so-has he peaked? Will he gain some defensive confidence this year and become an all-star caliber player? Maybe not, but make sure you get really good value for him in a trade and I do agree that he is great on the PP and Kane and him have tremendous chemistry.
    At the very least trading him isn’t the no-brainer some believe.

  • June 25, 2019 at 7:49 am

    No ..i am not new to hockey or this blog , i prefer to deal with stats and facts .
    Remember a guy named T.V.R ? …he and DeHaan have darn near identical ice time and stats ,DeHaan comes at twice the price ,and is broken down a couple times a year .
    Why would 2 up and coming teams in Carolina and N.Y.I move this guy in 14 months if his skill set was so special ?
    When i smell a fish ,i smell a fish , I simply feel the money could have been put to better use .

  • June 25, 2019 at 8:08 am

    Wrap Boqvist is on loan from Swedish team so not tied to Chl agreement and is allowed to play in Ahl.

  • June 25, 2019 at 8:15 am

    2010, De haan is more accomplished shutdown guy than TVR, stats a minor issue, its his pk and defense that was traded for. Injuries a part of hockey, not career threatening yet.
    As far as caphits go, with younger guys coming that are going to need contracts at some point, moving dmen to make room comes with built in capspace for them, so not as big an issue as it seems.

  • June 25, 2019 at 8:16 am

    And if Gus had the offensive play his first 30 games last year that he had the last 52, he would have gotten votes for the Norris.

    Think about that one for a while…. Then we would be building him a monument. At times, he looks no worse on defense than that Erik guy did who used to play in Ottawa and ended up in SJ.

    I remember when defensemen needed to be able to play defense in the league. Even in Chicago. Not any more. The only thing that matters really is: HOW MANY POINTS DOES HE HAVE?

    Guys that can shoot the puck or create offensive havoc are more respected on defense than ever. Even if they only get caught playing defense one shift each night. Even here in Chicago.

  • June 25, 2019 at 8:29 am

    Someone who deals with stats and facts wouldn’t prefer TVR to de Haan. But that would require watching the game….

    But since we’re on the subject of facts….

    “Why would 2 up and coming teams in Carolina and N.Y.I move this guy in 14 months if his skill set was so special?”

    The Islanders didn’t move him. He left as an unrestricted free agent. That’s a fact.
    The Carolina Hurricanes are out of money & need to pay Sebastian Aho. So they’re making bad hockey decisions that are driven by finances. I could ask the same dumbass question about Teuvo Teravainen being traded out of Chicago if I ignore facts…

    2010 needs to stop smelling fish…

  • June 25, 2019 at 9:40 am


    I totally agree on Hamilton, for such a big guy he was absolutely terrified of ovi in that series.

    In general he seems to shy away from contact even to make a play.

    There was a reason Boston let him go, he smelled “fishy”….

  • June 25, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    2010 and others, how many times does Tab need to explain the cap bind Carolina is in. Big contract needed for Aho and others. Maybe this will help you understand:

    Blackhawks have been in a similar cap bind for more years than you can count. Enough about Teuvo. It was a necessary sacrifice to move Bickell. It’s nice to be negotiating from strength for a change.

    The part of the trade which we may soon like the most: Aleksi Saarela, who was the second leading scorer on the AHL champions Checkers team. There is a vacancy at Kahun’s old spot. In short, we received an upgrade on D to hold down the fort while our young prospects slowly make their way to the big club. And we picked up a very good AHL player with a shot to crack the line-up.

  • June 25, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Original if Carolina was worried about ap space woukd they take Marlowes 6.25 cap hit and likely buy him out and have to absorb full cap hit because its a 35+ deal.

  • June 26, 2019 at 12:35 am

    Like the trade, like both players. Mentioned last year that Da Haan would have helped the Hawks. One year later I guess plus a six month injury. Oh well. Bowman is finally realizing all those previous picks in the last 10 years after the 1st round have not panned out, not even close.
    So, he needs to earn his money. Hockey trades, nice!
    Doesn’t excuse the fact that he drafted players like Hillman, Gilbert, Hayden, Sikura, Norell, Peeters, Anthony Louis, Iacopelli, Knott, on and on and on. I mean the number of players on this team at the end of last season that he or Kelley personally drafted are? SAAD, DCAT, KRUGER? That’s it in 10 years as GM? Not great. But these trades so far are much better although Da Haan’s injured shoulder scares me a little. Still, Maatta and Da Haan are a huge upgrade from Manning, Davidson, Hillman, KK, Dalhstrom, or Forlsing. If he can add a left winger for Toews (Dzingel or Zucker ) and trade Murphy, Sikura (plus a 5th round pick?) to the JETS for Ehlers. Sign Tanev or Donskoi as a bottom six. Trade AA for a prospect thus shaving more off the CAP. No reason to move Seabrook because even at 40 years old, he is better than Murphy. And a great leader for Boqvist and the rest of the young upcoming D. Never liked Murphy who is not more than a number 5 or 6 on an average team.

  • July 4, 2019 at 11:48 am

    An awful lot of potential.

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