Hurricanes acquire two major defenders

The Carolina Hurricanes acquired defensemen Brady Skjei and Sami Vatanen of the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils, respectively, on Monday.

For the first, the formation playing at Raleigh gave up its choice of first round in 2020, while the second cost hope Janne Kuokkanen, defender Fredrik Claesson and a choice of fourth round in 2020.

Skjei, 25, was a first-round pick (28th overall) for the Blueshirts in 2012. In his sixth professional season, the American collected eight nets and 15 assists for 23 points in 60 games. He also received 41 minutes of penalties and maintained a differential of -6.

Skjei is currently in the second year of a six-year contract worth $ 5.25 million annually.

For its part, Vatanen receives a salary of $ 4.875 million. The 28-year-old will however become a free agent at the end of the 2019-2020 season. He spent three years with the Devils after starting his career with the Anaheim Ducks. This season, he has five goals and 18 assists for 23 points in 47 games. Like many New Jersey players, he shows a negative differential (-12).

The Finn has missed his last eight games due to an undisclosed injury.

Defender Dougie Hamilton should miss the rest of the Canes’ season due to a fibula fracture, so Skjei and Vatanen’s arrival fills a gap on the blue line.

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