The Islanders have acquired RW Jordan Eberle from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for C Ryan Strome, the Isles announced Thursday.
"I'm super excited to be a part of the Islanders organization," Eberle said, according to James Duthie of TSN. "Also grateful for the chance the Oilers gave me coming into the NHL."
Eberle, who said he's relieved the trade is done, called John Tavares a "generational player" and said he was looking forward to playing with him.
The 27-year-old Eberle had 20 goals and 31 assists in 82 games for the Oilers last season.
He has notched 165 goals and 217 assists during his seven-year career, which has been spent entirely with Edmonton.
Eberle is owed $6 million each of the next two seasons, and is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2019-20 season.
Strome, 23, had 13 goals and 17 assists in 69 games for the Islanders last season, and has ammassed 45 goals and 81 assists during his four-year career.
He will make $3 million this coming season, after which he is eligible to become a restricted free agent.
I am stunned. This is an amazingly good deal for the Isles, which was made possible by what GM Garth Snow was able to do around the expansion draft.
Eberle's $6 million cap hit is basically canceled out by moving Mikhail Grabovski to Vegas. Now, with Strome being the only piece going to Edmonton, I get the sense that a second trade is definitely on its way.
I know Islanders fans have lamented since 2008 that the team didn't draft Eberle, but all that angst can now be wiped away. Strome gets a chance at a fresh start, while the Isles get the elite winger for John Tavares that they've been craving for nearly a decade. Well done, Garth!
Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter
I'll tell you Brian, I knew the Islanders were very active in the trade market and close on a number of deals, but never expected a steal like this to actually fall into their lap...again.
Wednesday, all players not on the protected list got a call informing them they were safe with the exception of two -- Strome being one. Garth Snow, who fleeced Peter Chiarelli for Johnny Boychuk, does it again in this deal, exchanging the disappointing Strome for one of John Tavares' best friends.
The deal Snow was able to orchestrate with Vegas Wednesday night now looks even better, as you noted, freeing up the cap space and protecting his trade assets, which, by all accounts, he still has, even after acquiring Eberle.
Multiple sources have indicated to SNY that the Islanders are very much still in on Matt Duchene, which is a more complicated deal to make, with a seemingly more stubborn general manager in Joe Sakic. Alex Galchenyuk is also a strong possibility, with Montreal craving defensemen after losing three this off-season.