Jordan Eberle probably won’t be with the New York Islanders next season. Rather than lose him for nothing in free agency this summer the Isles should trade him.
With just a year left on his contract, the New York Islanders need to figure out what to do with Jordan Eberle. Do they resign him to a deal worth more than $6 million a season, do they trade him before the trade deadline, or do they let him leave on July 1st as an unrestricted free agent?
Brought in by former New York Islanders GM Garth Snow for Ryan Strome, Jordan Eberle was initially acquired to play alongside John Tavares. After failing to find that chemistry the two had in 2009 when members of Team Canada, Eberle was slotted next to Mathew Barzal, where both flourish.
Barzal would go on to score 85 points and win the Calder trophy that season. Jordan Eberle would have a resurgent season away from Edmonton and get back to being a true top six player by scoring 59 points.
Even at 60 points, it’s hard to say that the Islander should give Eberle what would have to be a deal worth at least $7 million per season.
Letting him leave in free agency for nothing in return is a tough pill to swallow. That would mean over the last three seasons the New York Islanders let Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen, John Tavares, and Jordan Eberle walk out the door for nothing in return.
Trading is perhaps the best option. Here are four possible destinations for him.