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The Carolina Hurricanes acquired center Erik Haula from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for forward prospect Nicolas Roy and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2021, the teams announced late on Wednesday night.
The #Canes have acquired Erik Haula from Vegas
— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) June 27, 2019
Carolina boosts their depth at center with the addition of Haula, who scored a career-high 29 goals and 55 points in 76 games during his first year in Vegas in 2017-18, though he posted a -16 rating that year. He added three goals and nine points in 20 Stanley Cup Playoff games during the Golden Knights’ run to the 2018 Stanley Cup Final.
The 28-year old missed Vegas’ final 67 games this past season due to a knee injury. He recorded two goals, seven points, and a +1 rating in the 15 games that he appeared in.
Haula likely slots into the third-line center role in Carolina behind centers Sebastian Aho, who can become a restricted free agent on July 1, and Jordan Staal. He has one more year left on his contract, which carries a cap hit of $2.75 million, and can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. If Haula re-signs with the Hurricanes, the Golden Knights get the conditional pick.
With the addition of Haula, the Hurricanes are now $648,334 below the cap floor.
In 357 career games with the Golden Knights and Minnesota Wild, Haula has recorded 73 goals, 151 points, and a +18 rating. The Golden Knights selected Haula in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft as their pick from the Wild.
The Golden Knights shed some much-needed salary as they are currently $3,774,999 over the salary cap after inking center William Karlsson to an eight-year extension that carries a $5.9 million cap hit earlier this week. They will likely need to make another move to clear cap space at some point before the 2019-20 season starts. Defenseman Colin Miller and forward Max Pacioretty are two names that could be on the move at some point this summer.
Roy, 22, has appeared in seven NHL games over the past two seasons and has recorded just a -1 rating over that span. In 67 AHL games this past season, Roy posted 17 goals, 36 points, and a +10 rating. He added six goals, 15 points, and a +15 rating in 19 Calder Cup Playoff games to lead Charlotte, the Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate, to a Championship.
By Harrison Brown