Jonas Brodin just signed a seven-year $42 million extension. This offseason, expect a similar contract for Ryan Pulock and the Islanders.
This offseason, the Islanders are going to have to extend Ryan Pulock, Mat Barzal, and Devon Toews who are all RFA’s. It’s going to be a difficult time fitting those three under the cap, but we received a pretty good benchmark for what Pulock is going to get.
Jonas Brodin, of the Minnesota Wild, signed a seven-year $42 million extension on Tuesday. Brodin is a 26-year-old top-four defenseman who has averaged at least 20 minutes a game in all but one year in his eight-year career.
In 2019-2020, he put up 28 points (2 goals, 26 assists) in 69 games with Minnesota. His point pace was 33 points, and even at 28, that’s a career-high for him.
Ryan Pulock’s agent is going to point to this contract as a starting out point. Comparatively, Pulock had 35 points (10 goals, 25 assists) in his age 25 season. Over a full season, he would’ve put up 42 points while playing 22:24 a night.
Pulock also plays on the right side, so you can expect him to yield a little more than what Brodin just received.
Pulock will get more, but how much more is the question. Pulock was 16th in the league in points for right-handed d-men sandwiched in between Shea Weber and Drew Doughty. Will Pulock get Doughty’s $11 million? Probably not.
The $7.8 million that Weber makes also seems a little bit high, I think we’re looking at something similar to what Ryan Ellis got from Nashville in 2018. Ellis signed for eight years, $50 million ($6.25 million AAV) at age 28 years old.
With inflation, I think we see Pulock between the $6.5 million – $7 million a year range. That’s completely reasonable with seven-years attached. My official prediction will be seven-years $49 million ($7 million AAV).
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It’s a lot, but keeping the Ryan Pulock and Adam Pelech pair around for the long term should be the goal defensively. The Isles are going to need the GM of the year to work some magic.