New York Islanders pending UFA, Calvin de Haan, who missed 49 games this year with an injury will be healed and ready to go for training camp.
Arguably the biggest injury the New York Islanders suffered was the loss of Calvin de Haan. de Haan had to have surgery in January to repair his shoulder and missed the remainder of the 2017-2018 season.
He spoke today as the Islanders continue their exit interviews. He said that he will be ready to go for training camp. Whether it’s with the Islanders or somewhere else, de Haan will be ready to go.
In the 33 games, he did play he had 12 points (1 goal, 11 assists), a plus 11 and a 49.1 CF%. The Islanders defense struggled all year long but it truly crumbled when they lost de Haan for the rest of the year.
It left a gaping hole in their defense until the late emergence of Ryan Pulock, the Islanders lacked a true second pair. With a struggling and youthful defense, the Isles went on to allow 296 goals leading the NHL by five goals.
Clearly, the Islanders have a need for second pair defenseman, but coming off an injury are you willing to extend de Haan?
It’s a fair and intriguing question to ask. Just this past summer off a career year the Islanders didn’t sign him to a long-term deal. Instead, it was a one-year $3.3 million “prove it” deal. Unfortunately, when you bet on yourself, you have to take into consideration injuries. Only playing 33 games this year certainly hurts his value on the open market.
If the Isles do decide they aren’t going to retain him, they are going to need to take a look at other options. We saw how poor the defense is without him in the lineup, you can’t go into 2018-2019 with holes on the blue line.