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Islanders D Adam Pelech agrees to eight-year contract

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The New York Islanders on Friday agreed to terms on an eight-year contract with restricted free agent defenseman Adam Pelech.

Financial terms were not disclosed by the Islanders, however multiple media outlets reported the deal was worth $46 million.

“I am thrilled to be a New York Islander for eight more years,” Pelech said. “The negotiations were smooth, I couldn’t be happier with the result, and looking forward to spending eight more years with this team.”

Pelech recorded 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 56 games last season. He added five points (one goal, four assists) in 19 playoff games for the Islanders, who advanced to the Stanley Cup semifinals before falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Islanders, however, have seen a few changes to their roster since then.

New York traded defenseman Nick Leddy to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for forward Richard Panik and a second-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft on July 16. The Islanders also saw forward Jordan Eberle selected by the Seattle Kraken in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft.

“A big emphasis on the offseason was to keep this group together as much as we could,” Pelech said. “It’s really tough losing those two guys (Leddy and Eberle), they’re great players and great teammates, but unfortunately that’s just the business. At the end of the day, if we can keep most of the team together I think everyone, at least all the players, we’d be thrilled with that. That’s what we wanted in the offseason, we want to keep this group together, we’re a tight group and we know that together we can do something special.”

Pelech, who turns 27 later this month, previously played under a four-year contract worth $6.4 million.

He has collected 75 points (16 goals, 59 assists) in 303 career games since being selected by the Islanders in the third round of the 2012 NHL Draft.

–Field Level Media

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