Calvin De Haan and the Tampa Bay Lightning have agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth $775k annually. De Haan, who has most recently completed his second tenure with the Carolina Hurricanes, played 53 games where he scored two goals and ten assists for 12 points.
The 32-year-old Calvin De Haan was drafted 12th overall by the New York Islanders in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. De Haan wouldn’t find his way to the NHL, where he appeared in one game in the 2011-12 season. The Islanders would give De Haan a longer stint with the NHL franchise, where he played 51 games in the 2013-14 season. In De Haan’s 11-year NHL career, he’s played 573 games where he’s scored 21 goals and 110 assists.
De Haan is a depth signing with valuable veteran experience, and the Tampa Bay Lightning needed a veteran defenseman for cheap. De Haan fits the bill to a tee, and this brought him to the team that appeared in three straight Stanley Cup Finals.
While De Haan isn’t expected to beat his career-high season in 2016-17 of five goals and 20 assists for 25 points in 82 games, De Haan is being paid to help Tampa continue their winning ways. De Haan is a competitor, and Tampa needs competitors, especially with its lack of draft capital and cap space.