The New York Islanders finished up their restricted free agent to-do list on Wednesday, avoiding an arbitration case with defenseman Calvin de Haan, signing him to a 1-year, $3.3 million deal.
The 26-year old defender had arbitration rights and the gap between the two sides was reported to be quite substantial and the player and team met right around the middle and then the defenseman will hit the unrestricted free agent market next summer, if an extension isn't agreed upon beforehand.
It was a pool worthy campaign for de Haan in 2017, as he finished the season with 5 goals and 25 points in all 82 games for the Islanders, which was good enough for 65th among all blueliners.
The Islanders were not too bad offensively last season, so if they can find those same kind of numbers or even improve upon them, with the arrival of Jordan Eberle, you would have to think that de Haan will be a relevant defenseman yet again in the 2018 season.
|Jordan Eberle||6.000||Johnny Boychuk||6.000||Jaroslav Halak||4.500|
|John Tavares||5.500||Nick Leddy||5.500||Thomas Greiss||3.333|
|Andrew Ladd||5.500||Calvin de Haan||3.300|
|Nikolay Kulemin||4.188||Thomas Hickey||2.200|
|Anders Lee||3.750||Adam Pelech||1.600|
|Cal Clutterbuck||3.500||Dennis Seidenberg||1.250|
|Casey Cizikas||3.350||Scott Mayfield||0.625|
The Islanders appear to be in decent shape with $3.6 million in unused cap space with this current projected lineup, which should give them plenty of flexibility through the season. They'll be in really good shape, if those young players can make the opening night roster, since they should be able to provide good value for money.