New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan is confident center and captain John Tavares will eventually agree to a long-term contract. Tavares, who has one season left on a six-year, $33 million contract he signed with the Islanders in 2011, can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Though Tavares declined to comment on negotiations, he reiterated a desire to stay with the Islanders during an interview with TSN on Tuesday. "I think John's a loyal guy," said de Haan, who avoided arbitration by agreeing to terms on a one-year contract on Wednesday. Financial terms were not released, but TSN reported the contract is worth $3.3 million. "He's not a guy to beat around the bush with those kinds of things. He's straightforward about things like that and there's no reason why he should lie about things like that. At the end of the day it's going to be his decision but I don't see him leaving, personally. It's good he's mentioned it a few times over the course of the summer. "You know as much as I do what goes on behind closed doors. We just have to focus on putting that little black thing in the net, defending and stuff like that." Once training camp begins in September, de Haan, Tavares and the Islanders will focus on returning to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after finishing one point behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second wild card from the Eastern Conference last season. It was a step back following back-to-back 100-point seasons for the Islanders, who were 17-17-8 when coach Jack Capuano was fired on Jan. 17 and replaced by Doug Weight.
De Haan believes Tavares will re-sign with Islanders
NHL.com | Aug 3