The 27-year-old Eberle, who piled up 20 goals and 31 assists in 82 games last season with Edmonton, has represented Canada in five World Championship Tournaments, including a gold-medal winning performance in 2009, when he and Tavares both scored memorable goals to help defeat Team Sweden in the final. It was evident this past season that the departure of Kyle Okposo impacted the offense in a way that Snow didn't believe it would, and no player suffered more from the loss of Okposo than Tavares.
For quite some time now the Edmonton Oilers have been waving around Jordan Eberle's name in trade rumors for years. He showed remarkable promise in his second season when he notched 34 goals and 76 points in 78 games, but hasn't been able to sustain that level of production.
They will be reunited with the Islanders, and potentially on the same line, in order to give Tavares a scoring winger.
Eberle scored 20 or more goals the past four years, and hit that number in five of his seven National Hockey League seasons.
Statistically Speaking breaks down the deal sending Jordan Eberle to the Islanders. But he had just two assists in 13 playoff games this spring and was panned by fans and critics for his lacklustre play.
As far as the deal is concerned, it's not as if acquiring Eberle cost the Islanders all that much, either.
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The Edmonton Oilers were looking for financial flexibility, and moved out one of their $6-million men to get it.
Going the other way was 23-year-old Ryan Strome, a winger who entered the league with great promise and potential but has never been able to fulfill it in NY.
Strome, the fifth-overall selection in 2011, turns 24 next month. Now it'll be using all of those savings to pay for Eberle, who has a $6 million cap hit for the next two seasons before he hits free agency. His departure will save the Isles approximately $5 million in salary cap space as they continue to pursue even more talent to surround two-time Hart Trophy finalist Tavares.
In that sense, regardless of what Strome produces in Edmonton, this looks to be a deal that can work for both sides.
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