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Isles re-sign de Haan to three-year deal, Cizikas for two years

Jul 15, 2014, 5:20 PM EDT

Casey Cizikas, Evgeni Nabokov, Calvin de Haan AP

The New York Islanders took care of some restricted free agent business on Tuesday.

The team announced they’ve re-signed defenseman Calvin de Haan to a three-year deal and center Casey Cizikas to a two-year contract.

Arthur Staple of Newsday reports de Haan’s deal is worth $5.9 million and Cizikas’ deal is for $2 million.

Last season, de Haan got a chance to show why the Islanders took him 12th overall in the 2009 NHL Draft with three goals and 16 points in 51 games with the big club. In that time on Long Island he averaged just over 21 minutes of ice time per game.

Getting big minutes and providing solid production (as well as possession numbers) means he should factor into the Isles’ top-six on the blue line next season. Getting him for under $2 million per season makes this an outstanding deal for GM Garth Snow.

Cizikas has been a solid third and fourth line player for the past two seasons and earned a full season on Long Island this past year. In 80 games he had six goals and 16 points and played an average of 13:22 per game. Now that the Isles have Mikhail Grabovski joining John Tavares and Frans Nielsen up the middle, Cizikas’ role on the fourth line would seem to be set.

  1. tjvalley - Jul 15, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Snow is building modern day dynasty. Plain and simple. He has kids who are winners and want to win more then get paid(unlike O Riley on Colorado). If be shocked if barring injury, the islanders don’t make the playoffs.

    • tomas3345 - Jul 15, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      Modern day dynasty? The islanders? AHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    • wutangwild - Jul 15, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      Bold. I like the optimism though

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 15, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      In order for the Islanders to make the playoffs they need A LOT of their youngsters to make an impact. Up front they have some talent with obvious guys like Tavares, Okposo, Nielson, Grabo, and Grabner. But they need big steps forward from guys like Bailey, Strome, Brock Nelson, Conacher and Anders Lee. Plus a renaissance from Kulemin. That’s quite a few question marks. No doubt they improved immensely in net with Halak and Johnson, but their blueline is still a huge concern. Hamonic is really the only sure thing and he’s more a #2-4 dman. Visnovsky is coming off two injury plagued, unproductive seasons and he’s old. Again they’re gonna be relying a lot on kids like De Haan, Donovan, and Reinhart. There’s surefire talent on the island but too many inexperienced players in key roles. If everything goes right then yeah they’re a playoff team, but I think they’ll miss by a handful of points.

      Also, the only reason Snow doesn’t have players knocking down his door for new contracts like O’Reilly is bc they don’t have anybody that productive up for a new contract yet. Believe me if guys like Strome, Nelson, and Reinhart start playing as well as ROR they’ll be asking for big deals as well.

  2. rbbbaron - Jul 15, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    de Haan looked pretty comfortable during the short time he was given top line duty last season. He looks like he’ll be a contributor for the Isles going forward. Too bad he’s a lefty…(ah hell, why am I even teasing myself, if he were a righty it’s not like Ken Holland would be able to organize anything resembling a sensible transaction, even if the guy at the other end of the phone would be fricken’ Garth Snow…)

  3. thesportsjudge - Jul 15, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Should have let JB post this one.

  4. elemeno89 - Jul 15, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    You guys haven’t been posting enough about the other 29 NHL franchises. I demand more articles about those teams. Who wants to keep hearing about the Islanders day in and day out….

  5. billiam55 - Jul 15, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    two islanders news stories in a day on PHT?! wth is going on

  6. 34defense2014 - Jul 15, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Putting together a good young team for years to come!!

  7. jonnyhammersticks - Jul 15, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Can you guys please cool it with all the Islanders articles?

  8. 34defense2014 - Jul 15, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    phillyphanatic77:::!!!! I actually totally agree with everything you said!!! The only thing I kinda disagree with you is about de Hann? I really think he plays well above his years and experience! Smooth skater!! Kinda reminds me of Kenny Jonsson in that regard? He is also very smart with the puck and his outlet pass is usually right on the money? He also will bang and play the body!! But! But he has to stay healthy!!!! I think they will make the Playoffs?!! But they may not? If they don’t? They will be pretty darn close!! But you’re right!! It’s going be 2 or 3 and in 4 years they’ll be up there with the elite teams in the NHL!!!! To much young talent not to be!!!

  9. blueballzny - Jul 15, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    It’s Christmas in July today here at PHT for all of us Islanders fans!!

    2 great signings for little money. DeHaan looks like a stalwart on our bluelune for years to come.

    Phillyfanatic: while it would be great if young guys like Strome, Lee, Nelson contributed, the Islanders no longer need them to produce unrealistically. Like 95% of prospects, it’ll take them a year or two until they produce consistently. And while their blue line is their weakness, statistically speaking they ranked as a middle of the pack D and will no doubt be better this year. Guys like Pullock and Reinhart will probably make the team and show why they are top 4 D-men. Most importantly, they will allow sieves like Strait and Carkner to go away. Addition by subtraction without question. Isles D will not be as bad as people think. My prediction: Isles get into the playoffs as a 6 or 7 seed.

  10. paulerhythm - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    I can see the Islanders getting junto the playoffs. But, wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t make it. I do like their young team and they’re poised to make an improvement in future seasons to come.

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