Pelech will be a restricted free agent after the season, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.

Pelech is finishing up a contract that paid him $1.6 million annually and will be due a significant increase. The Islanders want to keep Pelech with the team but are unlikely to have much room under the cap to get a long-term deal done. Once again, Pelech, like Ryan Pulock, may have to sign a bridge contract that will last a season or two and wait for the cap to increase before signing for a longer term.

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