Perhaps it takes a few days for news from Long Island to hit the mainland.
After all, an intriguing tidbit escaped much notice in the opening days of New York Islanders training camp.
Coach Scott Gordon suggested that for Carp native Calvin de Haan and fellow defence prospect Travis Hamonic “to make our club, they have to be in our top four (defencemen).”
It’s interesting on a few fronts.
If sent back to the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League, de Haan would instantly become one of Canada’s top defencemen for the upcoming world junior tournament to be held in Buffalo.
Secondly, if the Generals struggle this season, de Haan could possibly be traded to an Ontario Hockey League contender. Hello, Ottawa 67′s?
It’s clear the Islanders are in no rush to force de Haan — selected 12th overall in the 2009 NHL entry draft — into the lineup.
Now compare that to the Senators situation with Jared Cowen, who was taken three spots ahead of de Haan in the same draft.
The Senators have no illusions that Cowen will be part of their top four on defence, at least not at the start of the season. The team would be prepared to keep Cowen if he’s considered one of their top six, maybe even top seven, defencemen.