By: Lucky Ngamwajasat
It’s official: for the next five years, Jordan Eberle will plying his trade on Long Island.
Scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent come July 1, the 28-year-old decided to stay with the Islanders after agreeing to a new deal Friday.
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) June 14, 2019
Eberle has been a steady contributor ever since he arrived in a trade from Edmonton two years ago. In 159 games across two seasons, Eberle has tallied 44 goals and 52 assists for 96 points.
The winger expressed his elation about staying with the Islanders.
So happy to back on the Island for the next 5 years…. YES YES YES
— Jordan Eberle (@jeberle_7) June 15, 2019
Eberle and his family became fond of living on Long Island decided to settle their roots there for the foreseeable future.
Eberle: “I obviously talked to Lou at the end of the year and really focused on trying to get something done. I really liked the team, the guys. My wife and I love it there. It just made sense.” Negotiations didn’t begin until after season.
— Brian Compton (@BComptonNHL) June 14, 2019
The Maven, Stan Fischler, is a big fan of the move and thinks Eberle is not only a good hockey player, but someone who adds something positive to the Islanders’ locker room.
There’s a lot to like about the @NYIslandes Eberle signing. It starts with his being a terrific team player. His point about special camaraderie on the club is noteworthy and his family loves Long Island. I always found him a pleasure to interview. Solid player,solid citizen.
— Stan Fischler (@StanFischler) June 15, 2019
Our Shannon Hogan expressed a similar sentiment, explaining that the feeling amongst the players in the Isles’ locker room is extremely close.
— Shannon Hogan (@Shannon_Hogan) June 14, 2019
— Brendan Burke (@brendanmburke) June 14, 2019