Ryan Pulock Extension
Lou Lamoriello wasn’t done at the Adam Pelech deal. Less than twenty-four hours before the puck dropped on the season Darren Dreger reported that the Islanders and Ryan Pulock had agreed to a $50 million eight-year deal.
The deal has since been made official (at least according to insiders around the league) and the salary is a little less than the original report. It’s $49.2 million. Meaning the AAV on Pulock’s deal is $6.15 million until he’s almost 36-yeard-old. Again, just like Pelech, the Islanders get to keep an elite-level d-man for basically the rest of his career and they technically save money in the process.
According to Dom Luszczyszyn’s model, the Islanders are looking at some $12 million in savings over Pulock’s market value through the life of the deal.
Unlike Pelech, Pulock puts up points. During a normal year, Pulock is good for around ten goals and 40 points. For a defenseman, that’s a good return. It’s not elite per see, but it’s solid top pair production. Now add that offense to Pulock’s actual elite defensive play and he’s the total package.
And he’s being paid less than market value. By a lot.
Now consider that both Pelech and Pulock will come in at a combined $11.9 million cap hit. Two elite defensemen for just under $12 million is unheard of in the NHL. Consider, the Chicago Blackhawks just paid Seth Jones (not an elite defenseman) $9.5 million.
Lou Lamoriello is absolutely killing it.