RALEIGH, NC – The Islanders, ahead of opening their Stanley Cup-of-bust season on Thursday night against the Hurricanes, have seemingly locked up their top duo of defenders for the long haul.
TSN reported late Wednesday night that the islanders have nearly completed an eight-year extension with Ryan Pulock, which will be worth nearly $50 million and will run through 2030.
Adam Pelech is in the first season of an eight-year $46 million deal agreed to this off-season.
Both are 27 years old.
Pulock completes a two-year $10 million deal and could potentially have claimed a much higher annual average value had he become an unrestricted free agent after this season. For example, the Devils have signed ex-Hurricanes defender Dougie Hamilton to a seven-year $63 million deal this off-season to anchor their top pair.
The Islanders have not confirmed a new deal for Pulock.
Pulock’s new deal will reportedly include a no-trade clause for the first five seasons and then an amended no-trade clause for the last three seasons of the contract. Pelech’s deal includes a no-trade clause from 2022-25 and then an amended no-trade clause – a no-trade list of 16 teams – over the last four seasons of the deal.
The Islanders selected the right-shooting Pulock as the 15th overall pick in 2013. He has 33 goals and 92 assists in 290 NHL regular season games, plus seven goals and 13 assists in 55 playoff games. He had two goals and 15 assists in 56 games last season before adding four goals and two assists in 19 playoff games as the Islanders reached the NHL semifinals for the second season in a row.