The Islanders have signed D Calvin de Haan to a one-year, $3.3 million contract just before his arbitration hearing, per NHL Network's Mike Kelly.
de Haan was one of 30 NHL players to file for arbitration by the July 5 deadline. The two sides have been in contract talks since he completed his three-year, $5.9 million deal.
"Calvin is a home-grown product of the organizatino and has developed into one of our top defenseman during his time with the organization," Islanders president and GM Garth Snow said in the Islanders press release. "He plays important minutes for our club and we're excited to have him back for one more year."
The 26-year-old defenseman tallied a career-high five goals and 20 assists in 82 games last season.
Obviously, there was a lot of room between de Haan's $5 million ask and the team's $1.95 million offer, but I'm glad they found some common ground here for what amounts to a patchwork deal. Arbitration is never a fun process. Ask Tommy Salo.
De Haan, though, likely would want more long-term certainty than this, so that fact that there isn't a larger deal could mean he becomes trade bait in the Islanders' continued attempt to beef up their crop of centermen. After all, the Islanders have eight defensemen under contract that would all have to clear waivers if they were sent down, so there still could be a move on the horizon.
Provided de Haan does stay, he's firmly cemented as one of the team's top-four defensemen, as he's coming off his best season of his career. New York will need him to repeat that performance this year, hopefully stabilizing a blue line that was incredibly shaky for the majority of last year.