RALEIGH, NC Islanders ahead of the opening of their Stanley Cup-or-bust season Thursday night against the hurricanes have apparently blocked their top-pair defenders in the long run.
TSN reported late Wednesday night that the islanders are close to completing an eight-year extension with Ryan Pulock, who will be close to $ 50 million and running in 2030.
Adam Pelech is in the first season of an eight-year, $ 46 million deal agreed with this offseason.
Both are 27 years old.
Pulock concludes a $ 10 million two-year deal and could possibly have demanded a much higher annual average if he had become an unlimited free agent after this season. Eg. The Devils signed ex-hurricanes defender Dougie Hamilton to a seven-year, $ 63 million deal this season to anchor their top pair.
The islanders have not confirmed any new deal with Pulock.
Pulock’s new agreement allegedly includes a non-trade clause through the first five seasons and then an amended non-trade clause for the last three seasons of the contract. Pelech’s deal includes a non-trade clause from 2022-25 and then an amended non-trade clause — a 16-team non-trade list — over the last four seasons of the deal.
The Islanders selected the right-handed Pulock with the 15th overall pick in 2013. He has 33 goals and 92 assists in 290 NHL games in the regular season plus seven goals and 13 assists in 55 playoff games. He had two goals and 15 assists over 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.