Calvin de Haan had a career-high 25 points for the Islanders last season, and now he wants to get paid.
According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the 26-year-old defenseman is seeking $5 million per season from the Isles in arbitration. Meanwhile, the team is thinking more like $1.95 million.
De Haan’s three-year, $5.9 million contract expired July 1, making him a restricted free agent. His salary was $2.9 million last season.
As always, these reported figures need to be taken with a grain of salt. The Isles probably don’t expect de Haan to take a pay cut. His arbitration hearing isn’t scheduled until Wednesday, so there’s still time to settle.
That being said, the Isles do need to be careful with their long-term spending, what with John Tavares‘ unrestricted free agency looming.