General Manager of the New York Islanders, Lou Lamoriello, may need more time before giving Jordan Eberle and Anders Lee a new deal.
Lou Lamoriello hasn’t been shy this offseason when giving out contracts to players to join the New York Islanders. He’s extended, Thomas Hickey, Ryan Pulock, Ross Johnston, Devon Toews, and Kyle Burroughs, while adding Leo Komarov, Valtteri Filppula, Tom Kuhnackl and Jan Kovar in unresetricted free agency.
Most, not all but most, of these deals, are short-term prove it kind of deals. It shows that the evaluation process is still going for Lou Lamoriello and company.
Both Anders Lee and Jordan Eberle are heading into the final year of their contract, but it appears Lou might wait to offer them a new deal according to Arthur Staple of the Athletic.
This is what Anders Lee’s agent said:
"“He’s told me they really want to evaluate everyone they’ve got,” Sheehy said. “They know how important Anders is to the team, but this is a whole new management and coaching staff there now.”"
Obviously, both Lee and Eberle were big parts of the Islanders offense in 2017-2018. Lee had a career-high 62 points while Eberle had a very productive 59 point season. With Tavares gone the Isles likely could afford both of these guys.
We’ll have to see how Lou’s evaluation goes first, but there’s a real chance the Isles can extend both Eberle and Lee.
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