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Isles sign Cizikas and de Haan to multi-year deals

The Islanders signed Casey Cizikas to a two-year deal and Calvin de Haan to a three-year deal, the team announced.

Cizikas’ deal is worth $2 million over two years, while de Haan’s is worth $5.9 million over three (Staple, July 15).

de Haan, 23, scored 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) in 51 games this past season as a rookie with the Islanders. The Carp, ON, native’s 21:01 average time on ice placed fourth on the team and third amongst Islanders defensemen. His minutes continually progressed as he took on an increased role on the penalty kill and was matched against opponents’ top offensive units.

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A 6’1, 187-pound defenseman, de Haan began the 2013-14 season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League. He scored three points (one goal, two assists) in 17 games before earning a callup to the Islanders on November 28. In 76 career AHL games, de Haan has 21 points (three goals, 18 assists).

The Islanders selected de Haan in the first round, 12th overall, of the 2009 NHL Draft. He played three seasons of junior hockey with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League, serving as captain in his third year. de Haan was named to the 2008-09 OHL First All-Rookie team.

On the international stage, de Haan represented Team Canada at the 2010 and 2011 World Junior Championships, winning silver medals at both events.

Cizikas, 23, scored 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 80 games this past season with the Islanders. The Toronto, ON, native established career highs in assists, points and games played during his second full season with the club and third professional campaign.

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In 140 career NHL games, the 5’11, 189-pound center has 35 points (12 goals, 13 assists). He appeared in six games with the Islanders during the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins, scoring four points (two goals, two assists), which included his game-clinching goal in Game 4.

In 83 American Hockey League games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Cizikas has 66 points (25 goals, 41 assists). He played in the 2012 AHL All-Star game as a rookie.

The Islanders selected Cizikas in the fourth round (92nd overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He played four seasons of junior hockey with the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors of the Ontario Hockey League, was named to the 2007-08 OHL All-Rookie Team and played in the 2010 OHL All-Star Game.

On the international stage, Cizikas represented Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championships, winning silver. He won gold with Team Canada-Ontario at the 2008 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge




112 comments
cournoyer
cournoyer

Betcha Cairns sells Garth on a Delsaster invite. One Ranger sloppy second to another

mrcisback
mrcisback

 The Islanders goaltending went from last in the league to possibly 10th or 12th in my opinion with the signings of Halak and Chad Johnson. No way i thought they had a shot at signing Chad Johnson for there back up. He wasn't even on my radar. Now the Islanders defense could follow suit by going from real bad to real good if just a couple maybe 2 or 3 of Griffen Reinhart,Ville Pokka,Ryan Pulock,Calvin Dehaan,Adam Pelech,Scott Mayfield,Kevin Czuzman or finally Andrey Pedan become dependable NHL defenseman. The  Islanders defense could literally become really good by over night. If all of these guys are busts i'll be real surprised. 

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

I give Snow and Wang as much hell as anyone, but if there's to be a silver lining, they do have ample cap space to re-sign Okposo and Tavares when they become UFA's. However, with that said, they have to start putting a winning product on the ice!

tag1
tag1

News 12 is reporting that the LIRR strike has been averted

elephant
elephant

Can someone help me out...


I've notice that Lee is not regarded very highly.  Some like him as a trade piece, others like him on the fourth line, and others like him in Bridgeport.  He also hasn't gotten a full-season chance from Capuano.  Overall, I get the sense that Lee is not considered an integral part of the team.


HOWEVER... His production last year was fantastic (.4 goals per game and .7 points per game in 22 games) and it's not like he was playing on the first line.  He's fast, strong, and oh yea... he's only 24 years old!


Obviously I like Lee, but am I missing something that should make me like him less?  I feel like I must be missing something.

mrcisback
mrcisback

Ryan Miller and Steve Ott to St Louis for Jaroslav Halak,Chris Stewart,Prospect William Carrier and a 2015 1st round and 3rd round picks to Buffalo. That might have been a worse trade then the Vanek trade.

Don22
Don22

@Jason Zimmermann Definitely agree.  They at least seem a little more committed to upgrading the team.  They haven't built a powerhouse for sure, but at least have done some things to head in a good direction.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@elephant the problem with lee is he hasnt proven (also hasnt given a full chance) to produce over a full 82 game schedule.  odds are, the production he had was not going to last throughout a full season.  still, he shows a lot of promise, but promise doesnt mean much at this point.  hes loaded with potential, but before we give him a top 6 forward spot, hes got to compete in training camp with the rest of the forwards (we have too many..) so its not that far-fetched to see him start in bport.   great kid, very promising, but we really dont know what we have just yet. 

mrcisback
mrcisback

@elephant Elephant who ever says Lee belongs in Bridgeport doesn't know much about hockey. The guy did score 9 goals in 22 games last year. People will argue that he scored goals in meaningless games. The bottom line is he scored 9 goals against NHL teams. I would play him on the 2nd or 3rd line at the least. He knows he has to work on his skating but so did a lot of other NHL players.

willymayshays
willymayshays

@elephant

Big, Strong and seems smart, but fast?  He definitely needs to work on his skating.  But I really like him.  

jepliberty
jepliberty

@bammer26 

Hilarious, But why is the vocalizations out of sync with his moving lips? Ha Ha Ha Ha

 Great job bammer, you the man!

mrcisback
mrcisback

@bammer26 Thanks Bammer. Thats one of the funniest things i've seen in a while. 

since72
since72

@mrcisback Both are pretty bad.  The trade with the NYI was probably a better one for Buffalo because Moulson liked it up there, and after being traded for a prospect and two 2nds, resigns with the Sabres.  I don't know if MM signs there had he not played there. Vanek ended up getting them Moulson, a 1st and 3 2nds.  Pretty good haul.

elephant
elephant

@slapshot18_rs  I agree that he needs to prove himself, but why are Nelson and Strome shoe-ins then?  Don't get me wrong, I love those guys, but if they are a part of the 1st/2nd line conversations, I think Lee should be as well.

elephant
elephant

I've just seen it on some of the line suggestions on this blog (even before Grabo and Kulemin). I know that's not representative of everyone by any means, but I guess I still don't quite get it. I really just hope he can get a chance with some consistent, solid minutes.

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

@mrcisback @elephant I don't understand how one can be accused of "not knowing anything about hockey" for believing that a certain player belongs in Bridgeport. Training camp will help determine where a particular player belongs. We've had our fair share of flashes in the pan; David Volek (88-89), Mark Fitzpatrick (89-90), Todd Bertuzzi (95-96), Eric Fichaud (October 1996), Kevin Maas (1990... OK, he was a Yankee, but the same principle still applies).


Let's not get all hot and bothered over what Lee did in a small time frame.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@mrcisback @elephant 

And who do you bump back on the 3rd, or 4th lines, there is a glut of forwards on this team, and I hope it gets addressed before training camp, we still need  at least 2 more pieces to the puzzle that is the Islanaders, and not forwards.

elephant
elephant

@mrcisback I know, I completely agree!  I just don't understand why Capuano refused to bring him up until the situation was critical last year (Oh wait... I think your first sentenced answered that one, haha).  I'd love to see him get a real chance!

elephant
elephant

@willymayshays Maybe I exaggerated the speed aspect.... good point.  Maybe his size makes him look faster and more capable without being an amazing skater.

bammer26
bammer26

@jepliberty- Just a download from a friend across the north. Glad you liked it Jep...cheers

mrcisback
mrcisback

@Jason Zimmermann @mrcisback @elephant Jason did you watch Lee play at all in the last 22 games. He's very hard to move from in front of the net. Like i said he did score 9 goals in 22 games. I would play him all over. Try him on the left wing of the 1st,2nd or 3rd lines. Personally i'd go with Lee,Nelson and Strome on a line and see what happens.

elephant
elephant

@jepliberty Yeah, that's a good point.  I would argue that he deserves minutes over Grabner, Bailey, and maybe Strome, who is still very young and might need some more "developing".  However, I wouldn't be up in arms if he didn't get a spot over Grabner or Strom (Bailey, yes).  But yeah... you make a very good point.   I guess it's a good problem to have.

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

@mrcisback @Jason Zimmermann @elephant He had an above average rookie season, Mike Milbury started jerking him around, got sent down to the AHL, Milbury continued to jerk him around, Bertuzzi gets traded to Vancouver, struggles, gets good during first full season in Vancouver.


As an Islander, a flash in the pan.

REDSpointofview
REDSpointofview

@mrcisback @Jason Zimmermann @elephant

I too liked Lee/Strome/Nelson as a second line but,,, that was before Grabovsky and Kulemin were signed to essentially play second line minutes.  Lee and Strome are really not checking type third line guys, nor are they fourth line type bangers.  If Nelson goes to the left of Tavares and Okposo and one of Lee or Strome plays with Grabovsky and Kulemin, that leaves someone on the outside looking in.  I believe Grabner/Neilsen/Bailey will comprise that third checking line and that means Clutterbuck drops to the fourth with Martin and Cizikas,,, and Boulton, MacDonald and Conacher need to find a spot as well.  There are just too many forwards right now... 

hockeyfn91
hockeyfn91

@REDSpointofview @mrcisback @Jason Zimmermann @elephant


That is exactly how I see it playing out... 


Line 1 - Nelson JT KO

Line 2 - Lee/Strome Grabo Kulemin

Line 3 - Bailey Nielsen Grabner

Line 4 - Cizikas Martin Clutterbuck. 


Xtra forwards - Conacher/Boulton/McDonald


The smart money is someone.. Lee... Grabner..Bailey or two of the forwards being packaged for a defenseman like Keith Yandle or Dustin Byfuglien... Some people have said Dion Pepperneuf but he isnt going anywhere.. If that does not happen... Strome and Lee could easily be sent to Bridgeport to start the season and then fill in when someone gets hurt.. 


IMO.. the lineup with that sort of a trade or will look like this lets say 


Nelson JT KO

Strome Grabo Kulemin

Conacher Nielsen Bailey

Cizikas Martin Clutterbuck 


Yandle/Byf Hamonic

Visnovsky Hickey

Reinhart de Haan


Xtra D - Strait/Czuczman/Carkner


Xtra forwards Boulton/McDonald

Logan Monstuart
Logan Monstuart

@hockeyfn91 @REDSpointofview @mrcisback @Jason Zimmermann @elephant One more time:

Strome is a center. End of story. There is no room for him on this team. Tavares is center #1; Grabo and Kulemin were signed to big contracts to play together, Grabo is center #2; Nielsen is far, far too valuable to this team to even consider trading, he is center #3; and Strome obviously is not fourth-line center material, so that makes Cizakas center #4.

SO: Strome and one of the young defensemen not de Haan, Hamonic, or Pokka -- yes, even Reinhart -- are traded for a stud left wing for Tavares and KO -- which? that's what we have GMs for -- Nelson plays w Grabo and Kul. Out of position, true, but he could make that a good to very good line, leaving the Isles w three good to very good lines, not bad.

REDSpointofview
REDSpointofview

@hockeyfn91 @REDSpointofview @mrcisback @Jason Zimmermann @elephant

I believe it will take more than Lee and Grabner to get Yandle,,, but that shouldn't stop Snow from trying.   Byfuglien, on the other hand, is really better suited as a forward.  As a defenseman, he's just a big but immobile obstacle that opposing forwards dance around.  The problem is the glut of forwards and Snow must rectify that before training camp.  Only Strome and Nelson are on two way contracts.  I am almost positive that Lee isn't, and that makes him the likely candidate to package in a trade...  

mrcisback
mrcisback

@hockeyfn91 @REDSpointofview @mrcisback @Jason Zimmermann @elephant Just be prepared  if you send Strome to Bridgeport he will definitely ask for a trade. He wasn't to happy when they sent him down last year. Strome has nothing else to prove in Bridgeport. I read a while ago that Snow said he has no interest in Byfuglien or Evander Kane which i wasn't to happy about. Especially Kane.

REDSpointofview
REDSpointofview

@slapshot18_rs @REDSpointofview @mrcisback @Jason Zimmermann @elephant

Grabner, Nielsen and Bailey are all penalty killers, and they can score, too.  At least Nielsen can score,,, and Grabner can score...  In this role as the third line, they are traditionally designated as a checking line.  Even Nielsen alluded to that fact before last season when he stated that he was more comfortable in a third line, checking role...

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

quote? 


if the 3rd line is a checking role, whats the 4th? 


that line has the best two way players on the team, but theyre not a checking line. 

REDSpointofview
REDSpointofview

@since72 @REDSpointofview

I wasn't sure about that but, I thought I read somewhere that he was here for the duration and couldn't be sent down.  CapGeek does not list him on an EL but adds that he is on a two way contract and if correct, that would allow him to be sent to Bridgeport.  The sad part of all this  is that by signing Conacher and then making the offer for Grabovsky and Kulemin, Snow created this problem and the easiest three players to alleviate the log jam are Strome, Nelson and Lee, the three prospects we all want to see succeed... 

REDSpointofview
REDSpointofview

@slapshot18_rs

Semantics,,, and you want to argue that point???  The third line is traditionally called the checking line while the fourth line might be the agitating line.  Again,,, semantics and you're also asking for a quote that's over a year old.  Nielsen said that last year when he was asked to step up and play first line minutes.  It had to do with where he was comfortable, and his answer was in a third line role...  

since72
since72

@mrcisback       Gotta believe that you are right.  The problem is, that a team looking to move a D for cap purposes (Boston or Chicago) will want picks or prospects.  Bailey or Grabner would be a salary issue on one of those teams.  So we need a team with surplus D, who's not in cap trouble, who wants one of these guys.  I don't like losing Grabner because of his play on the PK.  But I would rather lose him than Neilson.   Conacher may also be in play and never play a game for the Isles!  

elephant
elephant

@REDSpointofview We shouldn't have to fit the stereotypical roles of "agitating" and "checking" line.  I think it's pretty clear that the 4th line is going to have our bangers on it, but why not have a 3rd line that breaks the mold and can score?  Also, Lee is a BIG dude.  Like mrc noted, he is really hard to move in front of the net too.


Look at LA and NYR... they made it to the Cup by rolling 4 lines that could all score.

REDSpointofview
REDSpointofview

@elephant @REDSpointofview

I will agree on that,,, roll the best four lines you can...  But that also might mean Strome centers that fourth line...  The problem is still too many bodies for too few spots as there are 16 forwards for 13 spots...