Calvin de Haan signs a four-year deal with the Carolina Hurricanes as the New York Islanders lose another familiar face in free agency.
Since the 2013-2014 season, Calvin de Haan has been a regular part of the New York Islanders defensive core. He was selected 12th overall in the 2009 entry level draft by the Islanders and turned into one of their better defensive defensemen over that time.
de Haan’s best year came in 2016-2017 when he played all 82 games for the first time in his career. With a career-high 25 points (five goals, 20 assists) de Haan was due for a new contract as an RFA.
Garth Snow and Calvin de Haan struggled to reach an agreement so they signed a one-year $3.3 million contract. de Haan would have the opportunity to prove that he’s worth a long-term deal. After 33 games, his season would come to a close with an injury.
He finished his last Islanders season with 12 points in 33 games, a pace of 36 points over a full season. Now, de Haan will be taking his talents to Carolina, as he signs a four-year $18.2 million contract.
This leaves the Islanders with a hole in their top-four on defense. With Robin Lehner signed to be the starting goalie, perhaps they can land a defenseman via trade to add a piece to the puzzle. As the team is constructed right now, it’s not anywhere close to a finished product.
So, good luck to Calvin in Carolina and thank you for being your solid shot-blocking self for all these years.
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