New York Islanders pending unrestricted free agent Jordan Eberle is almost certainly on the way out. How, and when, he goes will matter greatly for the Islanders.
The trade was absolutely one-sided. Sure the Oilers got some good cap relief with the $3.5 million in cap savings between the two deals. But they got a significantly worse player back in the deal.
Jordan Eberle would go on to score 59 points in 2017-18 while Ryan Strome would score 34 that season. Strome was a far cry from that 50 point player in his second NHL season. But we all know that when Strome was traded.
The Edmonton Oilers would eventually send Ryan Strome to the New York Rangers for Ryan Spooner. So at least they’d get something back. The New York Islanders are eight months away from losing Jordan Eberle for nothing in unrestricted free agency.
Eberle has already sat a bunch in-game for the Islanders under new head coach Barry Trotz, so the idea of keeping him past this season seems unlikely.
With that in mind I ask three similar but ultimately different questions regarding Jordan Eberle:
What I think the New York Islanders will do with Jordan Eberle?
What should they do with Jordan Eberle?
Lastly, what do they need to do with Jordan Eberle?