New York Islanders, Johnny Boychuk agree to seven-year extension

Johnny Boychuk has agreed to a seven-year, $42 million contract extension. Boychuk announced the deal by joining Twitter and penning his first tweet saying he had agreed to a deal.

With the deal, Boychuk becomes the Islanders’ highest-paid player and remains locked in with the team through the 2021-22 campaign — much like fellow blueliner Nick Leddy, who inked a seven-year, $38.5 million deal a few weeks ago.

Boychuk, 31, came to the Islanders via trade just prior to the start of the regular season after a six-year stint with Boston. He emerged as a valuable, dependable blueliner with the B’s but has expanded upon that role on Long Island, having already set a career-high in points (32) despite only playing 59 games this season.

The new deal represents a significant raise from the $3.3M Boychuk was making annually on his previous deal, and is a nice agreement for both sides. Boychuk could’ve tested free agency this summer and would’ve likely gotten equal — if not higher — contract offers; Isles GM Garth Snow wasn’t prepared to let that happen, however, and locked in a stalwart defensemen at a reasonable cap hit by giving a long-term deal (Boychuk will be 38 by the time this deal expires.)

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