De Haan will be sidelined 4-6 months after having surgery on his shoulder Tuesday. De Haan's recovery time raises doubts about his availability for Opening Night in October, but if he can stay on the short end (four months), he has a chance to be ready for the start of the 2019-20 campaign. The blueliner managed just one point in the postseason, along with 12 shots, 33 hits and 12 blocks. Even when fully fit, the Ontario native's ceiling is likely in the 20-25 point range, which gives him mid-range value at best.
De Haan recorded his first point of the playoffs Tuesday, scoring Carolina's only goal in a 2-1 loss to the Bruins in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Canes defenseman had gone 10 games without a point before finding the scoresheet in Tuesday's loss. Now trailing 3-0 in the series, de Haan and the Hurricanes will look to avoid the dreaded sweep when the two teams reconvene for Game 4 on Thursday.
De Haan (upper body) will play in Thursday's Game 4 matchup against the Capitals, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports. De Haan has missed the last six games with this upper-body injury, including the first three games of Carolina's first-round series against the defending champs. The Ontario native received medical clearance to resume playing Wednesday, but nothing was reported by the team after that point. De Haan will skate with Trevor van Riemsdyk on the Hurricanes' bottom pairing during Game 4.
De Haan (upper body) is not expected to play Thursday for Game 4 against the Capitals, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports. While de Haan received medical clearance to resume playing Wednesday, the Hurricanes have not issued any other reports that would signal the defenseman's imminent return. Carolina is down 2-1 in the series, and de Haan should instead be focusing on his conditioning after missing six straight contests.
De Haan (upper body) has been given medical clearance to play, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports. De Haan missed the last six games as a result of his upper-body problem. Considering how long the blueliner has been out of action, he may need time to get his legs back up to game speed. The 27-year-old's availability for Thursday's Game 4 likely won't be determined until after the morning skate.
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