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As if there weren’t sufficient causes for the New York Islanders to be celebrating the beginning of the 2021-22 season — which incorporates favorable Stanley Cup odds and a brand-new area — there seems to be another benchmark occasion to add to the ledger.
TSN’s Darren Dreger reported late Wednesday night time that the Islanders and one in all their high defensemen, Ryan Pulock, have agreed to an eight-year contract extension price “just under” $50 million. The primary 5 years of the deal embrace a no-trade clause whereas the final three years carry a restricted NTC.
Pulock is now half of a secured high defensive pairing for the Islanders, who earlier this season secured fellow No. 1 defenseman, Adam Pelech, to an eight-year deal price $46 million in complete.
It’s one other spectacular displaying of enterprise savvy from crew president and common supervisor Lou Lamoriello, who now has probably the greatest defensive pairings in all of hockey secured for not less than the following eight years at a mixed common annual worth (AAV) of roughly $12 million.
Examine that to the mixed $19.5 million AAV that the San Jose Sharks — who allowed the third-most targets within the NHL final season — are spending this yr between Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns, and that’s fairly a steal for arguably the most effective defensive crew in hockey.
Pulock is per week faraway from his twenty seventh birthday and will very properly be the following Islanders lifer together with his eight-year extension kicking in subsequent season — which means he can be 36 by the point it’s up.
In six seasons (4 as a full-time participant) since getting drafted fifteenth general in 2013 by the Islanders, Pulock has recorded 33 targets and 92 assists with a plus-42 ranking. He additionally has 55 profession postseason video games beneath his belt because the group’s revolution continues, including seven targets, 13 assists, and one of the indelible moments in franchise historical past when his sliding block on the purpose line as time expired in Sport 4 of final season’s Stanley Cup semifinal secured a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.