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Jordan Eberle Re-signs with New York Islanders for Five Years

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The winger signs a reported five-year, $27.5 million extension

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In irrefutable proof that no one ever really has an idea what Lou Lamoriello is up to until he damn well wants you to know, the New York Islanders have reached a contract extension with unrestricted free agent-to-be Jordan Eberle.

It’s a five-year contract that several including Pierre LeBrun are reporting has an average annual value (AAV) of $5.5 million per season.

That actually represents a drop in annual rate, as Eberle is coming off a $6 million AAV deal signed with the Edmonton Oilers. But it’s a realistic move, since Eberle turned 29 last month and this contract will take him to his mid-30s. He surely could have chased more on the open market, but he’s found a good fit on Long Island and this approach makes it less likely that he has signed a windfall deal some team regrets by the end.

Cap Friendly has the details, with peak compensation of $7.25 million (salary + bonus) in Year 1/2019-20 and $7 million (salary) in Year 3/2021-22, then descending to $3.75 million in Year 5/2023-24:

Eberle’s production dropped last season under Barry Trotz, as he fell a goal short of the 20-goal mark that he has hit with regularity in his career. But late in the season and in the playoffs, Trotz reunited Eberle with Mathew Barzal, and the two resumed their production together. Eberle’s four goals in the first round were a big part of sweeping the Pittsburgh Penguins.

It wasn’t as prolific as what they produced under Doug Weight the previous season, but there are obvious reasons for that, since the reason Trotz split them to begin with was to integrate each of them into the more structured and defensively disciplined scheme he preaches.

The Islanders went from most goals allowed in the league in 2017-18 to fewest in 2018-19 with a very similar roster, and a major part of that was Trotz. Now Trotz has at least once scoring duo in place for the foreseeable future.

The Islanders still have captain Anders Lee and Vezina nominee goalie Robin Lehner as key unrestricted free agents to try to sign, after reaching terms with center Brock Nelson last month. They know they need to add more scoring punch up front this summer, but at least now they know they do not also have to replace Eberle.