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New York Islanders Re-Sign Defenseman Adam Pelech

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Adam Pelech
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Adam Pelech /
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The New York re-signed their defenseman Adam Pelech to a four-year extension worth $6.4 million. Pelech played 44 games for the team last year.

According to Newsday’s Arthur Staple the New York Islanders have agreed to terms with their 22-year old defenseman Adam Pelech. The deal is reportedly worth $6.4 million over four years with an AAV of $1.6 million.

Last year in 44 games with the team Pelech put up 10 points (three goals, seven assists). He was also minus five on the year with 73 hits and 68 blocked shots.

It was Pelech’s second year in the league in 2016-2017. During the 2015-16 season he spent nine games with the Isles and showed enough promise to play in just over half the games last year.

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Initially I expected his role to be a seventh d-man, but after this contract extension and Garth Snow protecting him in the expansion draft it seems like the Isles have other plans for him. Initially I thought the defensive pairs would look something like this:

Leddy – Boychuk

de Haan – Pulock

Hickey – Seidenberg

with Pelech and Mayfield serving as the seventh and eighth defenseman.

Now I’m not so sure that’ll be the case. After a 22 point season and a plus 25 Dennis Seidenberg was brought back on another one-year deal with a nice bump up in pay to $1.25 million. So, initially the thought was that he’d be the sixth d-man.

WIth the longevity of the Pelech contract it’s safe to assume he’ll be in the lineup pretty regularly. You don’t give an extra depth d-man a four year deal (and protect him in expansion). So, the hope is despite Seidenberg’s strong year last year the Isles give Ryan Pulock an opportunity in the lineup.

Maybe the pairings could look something like this:

Leddy – Boychuk

de Haan – Pulock

Hickey – Pelech

with Seidenberg/ Mayfield as extras.

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We’ll certainly have to see what Garth’s plan is with his defenseman, especially with the talented Pulock and Devon Toews on the rise. It’ll be interesting to see what the pairings look like on opening night.

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