The Edmonton Oilers have inked Jordan Eberle to a 6 year, $36M extension. The new contract will ensure Jordan Eberle will remain an Oiler throughout the 2018-19 season.
Had you come at me last week when Taylor Hall signed a deal with a similar cap hit, I would’ve said that it was a fairly decent deal. Had he not scored at nearly a point-per-game pace in 2011-12, his cap hit might have been a little different. That’s for another time.
Whether or not this turns into as good a deal as the Hall contract will remain to be seen, and I’m not specifically talking about Jordan Eberle’s performance on the ice. I think he’ll be a 50 or 55 point scorer next year, and while $6M is a big fat cap hit, he’s playing the final year of his ELC in 2012-13, and if he does regress to 50-55 points, hopefully people won’t set too many things on fire.
I’m a bit concerned about the NHL’s latest CBA proposal, specifically the parts about an immediate cap rollback. I understand that both sides in any negotiation aren’t going to get exactly what they want, but if the salary cap slices itself by $10M or $12M, this team (and a lot of other teams) could be in a world of hurt.
The Oilers kept one of their best players in their fold for six years after his ELC. Is it an overpay? A little. Should you be worked up about it? Not yet. If the next CBA does something wonky, maybe then. Until then, enjoy the fact that the Oilers have now locked up two big pieces of the next decade.
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