The Hurricanes were one of the teams who got in on today’s waiver wire frenzy that included names like P.A. Parenteau, Teemu Pulkkinen, Mike Condon, Seth Griffith, and a few others.
The move made by Carolina was to claim defenseman Klas Dahlbeck off waivers from the Arizona Coyotes. Dahlbeck is a native of Sweden, is 25 years of age, and measures in at 6’2” and 195 lbs.
In his brief NHL career, Dahlbeck has skated in 94 games while tallying 3 goals and 12 points overall. He will likely not take on a major role this season, but he does serve as a nice addition to ensure that younger players like Haydn Fleury and Roland McKeown won’t have to be forced into high-leverage NHL minutes before they’re ready for it.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Oct. 11, 2016
‘CANES CLAIM KLAS DAHLBACK ON WAIVERS
Defenseman played in 71 games with Arizona in 2015-16
RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has claimed defenseman Klas Dahlbeck (KLAHS DAHL-behk) on waivers from Arizona.
“Klas is a big, left-shot defenseman who was a steady presence on the blue line last season for Arizona,” said Francis. “We wanted to take advantage of this opportunity to add to our organization’s depth on defense.”
Dahlbeck, 25, skated in 71 games with the Arizona Coyotes in 2015-16, scoring two goals, earning six assists (8 points) and averaging 15:43 of ice time per game. It marked the first full NHL campaign for Dahlbeck (6’3”, 207 lbs.), who began playing professionally in North America in 2012 with the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Rockford IceHogs. The Katrineholm, Sweden, native made his NHL debut with Chicago on Dec. 6, 2014, and was traded to Arizona on Feb. 28, 2015. He has scored three goals and earned nine assists (12 points) in 94 career NHL regular-season games with the Blackhawks and the Coyotes. The Blackhawks drafted Dahlbeck in the third round, 79th overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
The Carolina Hurricanes open the 2016-17 regular season, their 19th season in North Carolina, on the road against the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 13. The Hurricanes host the New York Rangers in their regular-season home opener at PNC Arena on Oct. 28 (7:30 p.m.). For information about Hurricanes ticket packages, please visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com/tickets, or call 1-866-NHL-CANES (1-866-645-2263).