This gives the Islanders about $3.8 million left in cap space. Even though Mathew Barzal is still left unsigned, the Pulock contract is a valuable one. If they proceeded with the arbitrator, Pulock could’ve been give $6 million. It is undoubtedly a good thing that Lamoriello and Pulock got it done themselves.
Ryan Pulock has been one of if not the best defensemen on the Islanders the past few years. Last season he recorded 10 goals, 25 assists, and 35 points. Pulock had an extremely good plus-minus rating in 2019-20, which was a plus eight. In his career 234 games, he’s recorded 31 goals, 77 assists, and 108 points. He has a career plus-minus of plus 27. His defensive pairing with Adam Pelech is outstanding. Most importantly the two of them are an elite duo, and Pulock is a member of the Pelech Posse.
Now the Islanders have about only $3.8 million in cap space. As it is known, Mathew Barzal wants a pretty significant pay day. Even though it’ll be tough, it’s still likely that he’ll still be an Islander. Followiing this move, Lamoriello will now have to dump the cap hits of any of Leo Komarav, Andrew Ladd, Johnny Boychuk, or Nick Leddy. It is pretty plausible that Lamoriello will be able to trade one of them. Additionally, he may just have to sweeten the pot adding in one or both of the second round draft picks he got for Devon Toews.
Above all, the Pulock contract is a pretty good deal for both sides. Even so, the Islanders need to get rid of some cap space to re-sign Mathew Barzal.