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New York Islanders: Predicting Calvin de Haan Extension

Mar 5, 2017; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) during the face off against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 5, 2017; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) during the face off against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Calvin de Haan’s three-year bridge deal with the New York Islanders will expire on July 1st. What’s a likely extension that the Isles or even the Vegas Golden Knights offer him?

Calvin de Haan‘s contract is up. So what do the New York Islanders or Vegas Golden Knights offer him as an extension?

We’ve all used Cap Friendly’s Expansion Draft tool to project what they’re roster might be. If you haven’t go and do it now, you’ll thank me later. Calvin de Haan’s name is the one that gets plucked from the Islanders.

And yes, even though he isn’t under contract in the 2017-18 season, the Golden Knights can still draft him. So long as they draft 20 other players that are under contract next season.

Comparables

In the cap era, comparables play a key when it comes to player compensation. What one player gets dictates what the other should reasonably expect.

Based on average time-on-ice per game played, production, and age de Haan’s two closest comparables are Jonas Brodin and Ian Cole. The only issue is that both have vastly different contracts.

If de Haan went through arbitration, which he’s eligible for, you’d expect both of these numbers to come up in negotiations. With de Haan’s camp looking for Brodin money, and the Isles arguing he’s worth Ian Cole’s $2.1 million cap hit. He’s certainly worth something in between that.

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His Worth

de Haan was a reliable defenseman for the Isles this season. Chewing up the second-most minutes on the team in all situations after Nick Leddy. His 48.2% Corsi was second best amongst Isles defenceman (who played over 750 minutes) after Johnny Boychuk‘s 48.7%.

His partnership with Dennis Seidenberg proved fruitful with de Haan posting career production numbers with 25 points. de Haan is worth more than $2.1 million, but not by much.

Those few numbers are great relative to his teammates, but relative to the league it isn’t. A 48.2% Corsi-for means he isn’t a positive possession player. He might have the second highest in all situations but he leads the team in giveaways with 53.

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A four-year deal worth between $2.5 million to $3 million makes sense for either the New York Islanders or Vegas Golden Knights. de Haan is young and steady, a perfect fit for a second pairing defenseman.

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