Islanders Acquire Jordan Eberle From Oilers for Ryan Strome

Griffin Reinhart of the Edmonton Oilers makes his playoff debut against Jakob Silfverberg of the Anaheim Duck in Game 6 in the second round of NHL playoffs at Rogers Place

The Islanders have made their first big move of the offseason, acquiring forward Jordan Eberle from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward Ryan Strome, the team announced Thursday.

Eberle scored 165 goals and 382 career points with the Oilers in 507 games.

Trade rumors swirled around Eberle for the better part of two seasons, mainly due to his large contract-he has two years and $12 million remaining on the deal-and the Oilers need to lock up several of their young stars, including Leon Draisaitl, a restricted free agent this summer, and Connor McDavid, a RFA next year coming off winning the Hart Trophy as the NHL's top player this past season. Few would suggest Strome doesn't have the raw talent to make it in the National Hockey League, but after a breakout season in 2014-15, Strome came back down to earth and his past two seasons have seen him remain in the Islanders bottom six without much indication he was moving up the depth chart in the near future.

He has 45 goals and 81 assists in 258 career games with the Isles.

Eberle is exactly the type of player Snow has been looking to land, too.


The Islanders are dead serious about keeping John Tavares right here in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn, or wherever else the franchise winds up playing following next season.

Eberle should provide proven scoring punch to the first line, taking some of the pressure off emerging young forwards like Josh Ho-Sang and Anthony Beauvillier as they come into their own over the next few seasons. The Winnipeg Jets will face the Oilers in a New Year's Eve game on December 31 for the second straight year, Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres will make their sole visit to Rogers Place on January 23, the NHL's Original Six Boston Bruins will visit on February 20 and another iconic franchise, the New York Rangers on March 3. Strome has a $2.5m cap hit for the 2017-18 season.

This is a solid deal that works out huge for both teams, Edmonton needs more depth down the middle while the Islanders need more help on the wings.

Eberle has two years left on his contract with a cap hit of $6 million each season. That's all well and good, because cap space matters, but it only matters if it gets used, and how it's used.

Ryan Strome will look to get his career back on track in Edmonton.

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