Even though it was something we knew for hours, the Seattle Kraken made it official by selecting Jordan Eberle from the New York Islanders. Gary Bettman and the rest of the NHL were there in Seattle making the picks official.
Starting with what Seattle is getting, they add Jordan Eberle for three more years at a $5.5 million cap hit. In 2021 for the Islanders he put up 33 points (16 goals, 17 assists) glued to Mat Barzal’s hip on the top line.
Over the past four years, he’s played in the Islanders top-six and has spent a majority of that time with Barzal who had good chemistry with him. He finishes his Islanders career with 169 points (76 goals, 93 assists) in 272 games.
He projects as a top-line RW for Seattle and should be a solid veteran leader at this point in his career with a few deep playoff runs under his belt.
He was even there in attendance sporting the white away jerseys.
He was a solid Islander and had a couple of clutch playoff moments as well. A dominant series against Pittsburgh in 2019 and then the clutch double-overtime winner against the Lightning in Game 5 of the 2020 series.
As for Lou Lamoriello and the Islanders, clearly, they now need an upgrade in their top-six. A relatively cheap lateral move would be bringing back Long Island’s own Kyle Palmieri who was very good for them in the playoffs.
Or, he can go big fish hunting. Names like Gabriel Landeskog, Conor Garland, and Vladimir Tarasenko have been linked to the Islanders and with having $23.6 million in cap space, they have some room to get creative.
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The roster freeze ends tomorrow, so we can see Lou Lamoriello get active in just a few hours or, a week from today.