Islanders cross off one big task with five-year Jordan Eberle deal

Lou Lamoriello started off free agency by signing Jordan Eberle to a five-year deal worth $5.5 million annually. He has expressed his desire to bring back all four of the Isles' mainstay pending UFAs and he's halfway there, even if most people thought (this space included) that Eberle wasn't a high priority to bring back.

Eberle was coming off a six-year, $36 million deal that he originally signed with the Edmonton Oilers before he was traded to NY in 2017.

Eberle, selected No. 22 overall in the 2008 NHL Draft, spent seven years with the Edmonton Oilers before being traded to Islanders for Ryan Strome prior to the 2017-18 season. He added four goals and five assists in the postseason as NY reached the conference semifinals.

By taking his name out of the free agency pool, there will be one less winger for teams to bid on come July 1. In his two seasons with the Islanders, he has 44 goals and 52 assists.

He is coming off of a six-year, $36 million contract signed with the Oilers in 2012.

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