The Edmonton Oilers have dealt forward Jordan Eberle to the New York Islanders in exchange for Ryan Strome, the teams confirmed Thursday.
Eberle was drafted 22nd overall by Edmonton in 2008, registering 165 goals and 217 assists in 507 career games in seven seasons with the Oilers. The 27-year-old scored 20 goals and added 31 assists in 82 games this past season. His large contract, along with the future negotiations with McDavid spurred trade rumours all year.
Eberle also has a lengthy resume when it comes to Canada’s national team, and is perhaps best known for his heroics in the 2009 world juniors where he starred on a line with Islanders captain John Tavares. Tavares even assisted on Eberle’s famous late game-tying goal in the dying seconds of the semi-final against Russia. Now, the two will be reunited as Tavares enters an important season—the final year on his current deal before he’s due for free agency in July 2018
Strome, 23, was a fifth-overall pick in 2011. He has 45 goals and 81 assists in 258 career games with the Islanders but has struggled with consistency on the scoring front. His best season came in 2014-15 when he reached the 50-point mark in 81 games.
The deal brings some cap relief for the Oilers, who will have some big bills to pay soon as they look to re-sign pending RFA Leon Draisatl and lock up star captain Connor McDavid shortly after. (Edmonton and McDavid’s camp can begin negotiations on July 1.)
Strome has one year remaining on his deal, which comes with a $2.5-million cap hit, making him a much more affordable option than Eberle and his $6-million hit. Eberle has two years remaining on the six-year deal he signed with the Oilers back in 2012.