Lou Lamoriello appeared to work his magic once more. The New York Islanders and defenseman Ryan Pulock have agreed to an 8-year contract extension worth just under $50 million, according to Darren Dreger.
The news comes on the eve of the Islanders season opener in Carolina on Thursday. Pulock is on the final year of a 2-year deal he signed in November of 2020 and would have been an unrestricted free agent this upcoming offseason.
The extension comes with a no-trade clause during the first five years, before becoming a limited no-trade clause the final three years, according to Dreger.
Ryan Pulock has been part of New York’s top defensive pair over the past few seasons along with Adame Pelech, who signed an 8-year contract extension of his own in August. Pulock had 17 points (two goals, 15 assists) in 56 regular-season games last year.
It’s hard to find any flaws in this deal. Locking in Pulock is what we in the business call a “no-brainer”.
The 27-year-old is a bonafide top-pair defender in the NHL, one who moves the puck at an elite rate while also proving equally capable of driving play at even strength and locking down the best his opponents have to offer. Simply put, Pulock is a perfect fit for the Islanders’ heavily defensive-leaning system.