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Oilers trade F Jordan Eberle to Islanders for C Ryan Strome

24 June 2017

Eberle has five 20 goal seasons in his seven years in the National Hockey League. The best-case scenario for the Islanders, however, would be for Eberle to replicate his sophomore season. He has 20 or more goals in five of his seven seasons, including a career-high 34 in 2011-12. So at his height, Strome didn't produce at the same rate as Eberle did in an off-year last season.

One thing to keep in mind here is that Eberle, at 506 games, was supposed to be in the prime time years of his career. His creativity with the puck could make him a major asset for the Islanders' power play. He had 20 goals and 31 assists. Perhaps a change of scenery is what he needs to improve but one must wonder: did Eberle warrant a bigger return?

For quite some time now the Edmonton Oilers have been waving around Jordan Eberle's name in trade rumors for years.

Ryan Strome hasn't come close to living up to his No. 5 overall selection in 2011. This isn't even to mention that his ice time had slipped in each of the past three seasons, with Eberle moving from the top line to top six and finally into the middle of the rotation for the Oilers.

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Chiarelli wanted to find out which players the Oilers could count on in the playoffs and Eberle didn't come close to getting it done.

As far as the deal is concerned, it's not as if acquiring Eberle cost the Islanders all that much, either.

"If and when we sign Kris, we'll continue to be in that very comfortable position", said Chiarelli, shortly after landing in Chicago for the draft following the NHL awards in Las Vegas, where McDavid collected league MVP along with the Ted Lindsay Award as players' choice for the league's most "outstanding" player.

Strome, who recorded only 28 and 30 points the past two seasons after a breakthrough 2014-15 in which he notched 50 points, has a $2.5 salary cap hit heading into RFA status next summer.

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Eberle is entering the fifth season of a six-year, $36 million deal he signed before the 2012-13 campaign.

On the surface, it's not a great deal for Edmonton.

So why would Edmonton deal him?

Edmonton gets the lesser player, and cap space wasn't going to be a huge issue for them next season anyway. Meanwhile, the Islanders should be happy they were gifted Eberle, as it increases their playoff chances significantly. "You want to bring that love of the game back to the fans".

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Oilers trade F Jordan Eberle to Islanders for C Ryan Strome