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New York Islanders Pending Unrestricted Free Agent Possible New Deals

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Jordan Eberle #7 of the New York Islanders reacts in the third period against the Florida Panthers during their game at Barclays Center on March 26, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Jordan Eberle #7 of the New York Islanders reacts in the third period against the Florida Panthers during their game at Barclays Center on March 26, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 16: Jordan Eberle #7 of the New York Islanders is congratulated by teammae Mathew Barzal #13 after Eberle scored the game winning goal in overtime against the Los Angeles Kings on December 16, 2017 at Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.The New York Islanders defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Jordan Eberle (RW)

Current Deal: $6 million

Last season was Eberle’s first with the Islanders after being traded from the Edmonton Oilers for Ryan Strome. After two down years with the Oilers, GM Peter Chiarelli wanted to shed some cap space by sending Eberle out.

Turns out Eberle wasn’t that 37 point player the Oilers thought they had. Pairing with Mathew Barzal, Eberle was back to his old self and scored 59 points.

Better Season: 65 points+

Eberle doesn’t have to worry about Tavares’s departure. In fact, it might help him. With Tavares on the team, Eberle spent a good portion of his season on the second power-play unit. Now he can play on PP1 with Barzal. Putting up another six points over his 2017-18 return is 100 percent possible.

There’s no reason to take him off of Mathew Barzal’s wing as we enter 2018-19. Add more power play time with his regular 5on5 winger and Jordan Eberle should without a doubt put up more than 59 points next season.

Cap Hit: $7 million, four to five years

Looking at Max Pacioretty’s deal with the Golden Knights. Being a year younger Eberle can get that extra year on his contract. Seven million is a fair increase over his last deal for his level of production. A five-year deal keeps him till he turns 33-years-old.

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