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Grandview’s Ryan Pulock Signs Eight-Year Extension with New York

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Grandview’s Ryan Pulock Signs Eight-Year Extension with New York

The New York Islanders have their top-pairing defencemen signed on for the next eight seasons. After agreeing to terms with Adam Pelech on an eight-year deal this past August, the Isles have locked up fellow blueliner Ryan Pulock on an eight-year contract worth $49.2 million.

The 27-year-old is currently in the final season of a two-year, $10 million contract signed in November of 2020. He will be making $6.15 million annually beginning next season after his current deal comes to a conclusion.

“It’s exciting,” Pulock said in reflection of signing his new deal. “For me, I just wanted to really be able to focus on this season and clear my head of that and focus on what we need to accomplish here. It’s really exciting for me.”

Playing 56 games last year, Pulock scored twice, while adding 15 assists for 17 points and a plus-15 during the 2020-21 shortened season. Through his career with the Islanders, the Grandview product has 33 goals, 125 points and 63 penalty minutes in regular season play, while adding seven goals, 20 points and 14 penalty minutes in 55 postseason contests.

“For Ryan, I’m sure he’s very, very thankful that it’s done,” Islanders’ head coach Barry Trotz said. “He really enjoys this group and where this organization is going; that’s the thing I really enjoy. Having a good player like Ryan for the long term is essential… that’s a great commitment by ownership and management that they believe in an Islander drafted and developed player.”

Drafted 15th overall out of Manitoba’s Brandon Wheat Kings, the heavy blueliner skates on one of the NHL’s greatest defence pairings. Operating on the side of Adam Pelech, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound defender is hungry for the Stanley Cup, after falling short in back-to-back seasons against the eventual winner Tampa Bay, just one round from the final.

“I think for every organization, the off-ice stuff can get in the way of success sometimes,” Trotz added. “For Ryan, I think a couple of things: A) He’s deserved. B) I think it’s a weight off his mind. Every player deals with it differently.”

 

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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