Thursday, June 22, 2017

Islanders Deal Strome to Acquire Eberle

The New York Islanders have acquired winger Jordan Eberle from the Edmonton Oilers for Ryan Strome.

Eberle, 27, has 165 career goals in 507 NHL games. The winger is signed through 2019 at an AAV of $6 million. He was much maligned in Edmonton after putting up 20 goals and 31 assists in 2016-17 for the Oilers, and only two assists in 13 playoff games.

The same could be said for Strome, who put up 50 points in his second season, but managed just 28 and 30 points in his last two campaigns. The 23-year-old is signed through 2018 with a cap hit of $2.5 million.

Rumor has it that Islanders' GM Garth Snow is not done dealing. The team appears to be in the hunt for another top six forward, and is likely targeting Matt Duchene of Colorado or Alex Galchenyuk of the Canadiens.

It's all a part of the plan to show John Tavares that the team is committed to becoming a cup contender with him as the centerpiece. The all-star center will be eligible to sign a contract extension on July 1st, and if he doesn't could become a free agent next summer.