Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Islanders Lose de Haan Long-Term

On Monday, the New York Islanders placed defenseman Calvin de Haan on the Injured Reserve, due to an upper-body injury, but the news appears to be much worse than just a regular stint on the IR, as it is believed, according to some reports, that the 26-year old defenseman is dealing with a significant shoulder injury and he may be headed towards surgery.

The injury is believed to have occurred on Saturday night against the Kings and as much as there has been no official confirmation from the team, as of yet, the belief is that if surgery does happen, he would be expected to miss the remainder of the regular season and has a small chance at being ready for the playoffs, assuming the Islanders can stay in their current playoff position, the last wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

de Haan has been good for the Islanders this season, eating up lots of ice-time on a nightly basis and also picking up 1 goal and 12 points in 33 games.  The Islanders have been running a rotation on the blueline for the first 2+  months of the season, but that will likely become a little more firm with this injury.

Even with the injury to de Haan, Derek B.'s team still is among the leaders for projected games for the remainder of this week and his pool team could really use a boost, as they are not too far out of the money, but do seem to be trending in the wrong direction.  After Tuesday night, Derek's team currently sits in 12th, 28 points out of the money.  Unfortunately, we're still six weeks away from the next Waiver Draft, so he'll be sitting with this injury for a while.

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