New York Islanders Daily: Embarrassing Offer To Calvin de Haan

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 19: Calvin de Haan
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 19: Calvin de Haan /

So, yesterday it came out what the New York Islanders offered Calvin de Haan in arbitration and it’s embarrassing low all things considered.

I know obviously Garth Snow and the New York Islanders are going to start low in negotiations, but this is lower than low. They essentially offered Calvin de Haan a chump change deal with their $1.95 million offer.

Garth Snow just gave Adam Pelech, who I believe is a seventh d-man at best, a four-year $6.4 million ($1.6 million AAV) deal. Granted, I might not think as highly on Pelech as most Islander fans, or Garth Snow for that matter, do but to even think Pelech and de Haan can make something similar in salary shows the disconnect.

Last year, in the best year of his career, de Haan was just a $1.97 million cap hit. So after the best year of his career in which he put up 25 points and was arguably the best defenseman behind Nick Leddy you’re going to offer him less money?

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What kind of message does that send to a player? I’m not saying you have to offer what de Haan is asking ($5 million) but at least $2.5 seems fair, and that is probably on the low side if we’re being honest.

So now the team has until tomorrow to reach an agreement before it goes to arbitration. Arbitration is rare but with the sides so far apart it seems to be more and more likely.

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