The New York Islanders have signed their first free agent of the offseason after agreeing to a two-year, one-way contract with defenseman Samuel Bolduc.
According to Ethan Sears of the New York Post, the deal is worth $800 thousand per year.
Bolduc’s deal is for $800k AAV, per an industry source.
— Ethan Sears (@ethan_sears) June 20, 2023
Bolduc, 22, was drafted by the Islanders in 2019 and made his NHL debut on Jan. 23. He appeared in 19 games for the team last season, including the first two games of their playoff series with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Scoring three points with two goals during his limited ice time in the NHL this season, Bolduc showed brief flashes of the offensive skill that he was highly regarded for as a draft prospect and was undeterred from getting physical. At the same time, though, there were multiple instances where the young defenseman showed his age by committing 12 turnovers in the defensive zone, according to MoneyPuck.
Bolduc was a restricted free agent. Oliver Wahlstrom is the only other RFA the Islanders have this offseason.