Eberle was sent to the New York Islanders in exchange for Ryan Strome on Thursday. His younger brother Dylan is expected to become an National Hockey League regular next season with Arizona while his youngest brother Matthew is expected to be drafted in the first or second rounds of this year's entry draft.
Strome is a 23-year-old who was the fifth pick in the 2012 Draft and has been mostly disappointing since, save for a 50-point season in 2014-2015. While the Islanders' superstar center still managed a healthy 28 goals and 66 points, it was his lowest point total in any season where he had played at least 70 games.
The Islanders are dead serious about keeping John Tavares right here in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn, or wherever else the franchise winds up playing following next season.
"The Islanders are a tough team to play against and have a lot of potential", said Eberle.
Berube, 25, played in 14 games with NY last season, going 3-2-2 with a 3.42 goals-against average and a.889 save percentage.
Eberle told reporters that he knows several of his new teammates-including Tavares, Andrew Ladd, Travis Hamonic and Thomas Hickey-having trained with them in the past.
Eberle, a veteran of seven seasons with the Oilers, had 51 points in 2016-17 after posting 47 in 69 games the previous season, a slight drop from back-to-back 60-point seasons starting in 2013-14. The key number is the $2.5-million salary, though, for one more season. "Coming there and everybody talking about how it was in 2006 and to have gone through it, I loved it", said Eberle, who took heat though because he didn't score and had two assists in 13 games. Now it'll be using all of those savings to pay for Eberle, who has a $6 million cap hit for the next two seasons before he hits free agency.
Ryan Strome will look to get his career back on track in Edmonton.
The Oilers wanted to clear some cap space by moving Eberle's deal, and getting Strome in return allows them to do that.
Beginning July 1, Snow can begin negotiations on a long-term contract extension with Tavares, hoping to prevent one of the best players in franchise history from departing following next season.