June 6, 2019 | 9:45pm ET
ISLES HAVEN’T CLOSED DOOR ON EBERLE
Jordan Eberle, right wing
With free agency less than one month away, the New York Islanders remain in discussions with most of their pending unrestricted free agents.
The Islanders have already locked up centre Brock Nelson to a six-year contract and the club is having continuing dialogues with captain Anders Lee and goaltender Robin Lehner, but it appears they aren’t the only players GM Lou Lamoriello is negotiating with.
According to a well-placed source, TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta has learned the Islanders have also been having “ongoing discussions” with Jordan Eberle’s camp.
Eberle, 29, is wrapping up a six-year, $36 million contract. It was originally speculated the team would not look to re-sign him, but they are, at the very least, keeping the possibility open.
It’s unclear what type of contract Eberle is looking for, especially after his subpar season where he picked up 19 goals and 18 assists for 37 points in 78 games – though he did produce four goals and five assists in eight playoff games.
Eberle and Lehner share agents, though that’s unlikely to play much of a factor in contract negotiations.
The Islanders are hoping to sign Lehner to a short-term contract, while talks with Lee are believed to be hovering around a five-to-seven-year term.
The Islanders have roughly $27.75 million in available salary cap space entering the summer, and that could increase if they move Nick Leddy and/or Thomas Hickey, as both players are believed to be available.
Leddy currently ranks No.10 on the TFP Off-Season Trade Watch list.