Re-Live Seattle Kraken Metropolitan Division Selections Including Eberle, Blackwell & More


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The Kraken expansion draft is set for 5 p.m. PT at Seattle's Gas Works Park, which sits at the north end of Lake Union in the middle of the city. The AthleticNHL Expansion Draft: Live mocks, picks, predictions, start time, leaks as Seattle Kraken add to their roster

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NHL 21 July, 2021 - 11:01pm

New York Islanders Lose Jordan Eberle in Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft

Lighthouse Hockey 21 July, 2021 - 07:08pm

It’s a hit to the lineup, for $5.5 million more off the cap.

With Seattle’s list due to the league Wednesday morning, names like Eberle filtered out during the day (mostly from Frank Seravalli, though Eberle’s name came from multiple other reporters), but it wasn’t yet clear if and what the Islanders might’ve had to send Seattle’s way to direct them toward Eberle instead of, say, Josh Bailey.

UPDATE: With the draft announcement and festivities concluded, the Kraken reportedly made no pre-draft trades. We can guardedly take this to mean that the Islanders did not send a sweetener or considerations. But we’ll see.

On the surface, it shouldn’t have taken much to steer the Kraken away from Bailey, because otherwise the Isles could’ve easily protected Bailey instead of Cal Clutterbuck or Matt Martin. (Right? Right?!) But the flat salary cap and the Islanders’ own cap issues change the variables somewhat. The Isles still need to sign several important restricted free agents, and they hope to re-sign unrestricted free agent Casey Cizikas — whose presence and chemistry makes Clutterbuck and Martin more valuable than they would otherwise be — and they’ve also professed a desire to bring back trade deadline acquisition Kyle Palmieri.

Cap space is incredibly valuable, especially in today's NHL. But if the Isles had to 'sweeten' the idea of taking Eberle with a pick, that's just bad asset management. He's a really good player, and a team should have to pay to get him, not be paid to take him.

Either way, after clearing out a little over $10 million in cap room with the trade of Nick Leddy ($5.5 million cap hit, though they took half of Richard Panik’s cap hit back in the trade) and the defenestration of Andrew Ladd ($5.5 million), the Islanders now clear $5.5 million more with Seattle’s claim of Eberle. Arthur Staple figured their current space at $17.6 million, plus more eventual room to exceed the cap by $6 million again with Johnny Boychuk’s LTIR).

Eberle is signed for three more years and has been a productive scorer lined up next to Mathew Barzal. Across four seasons he scored 76 regular season goals, plus 13 more and 21 assists in 49 playoff games. Was he streaky? Yes, as most scorers are. Was he productive and a game-changer? Also yes.

Good luck to Jordan Eberle in Seattle. No one will forget his wonderful performance in the playoffs against the Penguins two years ago. @SeattleKraken you’re getting a great piece.

He’ll need replacing, and it’s hard to see where equal production can be acquired for less than his cap hit, but the Isles may have their eyes on a perceived upgrade, plus Palmieri, a reallocation of their cap, or even a completely different approach to the Barzal line. Anders Lee is customarily on Barzal’s other wing, but he’ll be returning from a knee injury that required surgery and ended his 2020-21 season, so it may be a while if/when he’s back to his pre-injury form.

Much is still in flux as the Isles look to refine their 2021-22 roster. They clearly determined they needed to shed another $5 million to feel comfortable, and with Eberle’s term carrying over three years in a still-flat cap world, his departure maximizes future flexibility in that sense.

Now it’s a question of what the Isles do with this newfound space.

With Jordan Eberle gone to Seattle, does this mean the Isles are ready to make a big move?

The Athletic 21 July, 2021 - 06:19pm

With Jordan Eberle gone to Seattle, does this mean the Isles are ready to make a big move?

Why the Islanders Are Reportedly Letting Jordan Eberle Go - Drive4Five

Drive4Five 21 July, 2021 - 05:00pm

As Jordan Eberle is set to become a member of the Seattle Kraken, there is much discussion as to why the Islanders chose to leave their first-line winger unprotected. The Islanders ultimately chose to protect the fourth line forwards Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck over the former 22nd overall pick. So, why did the Islanders let Eberle go?

Ultimately, the decision made by Islanders’ President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello comes down to who is more intangible for the Islanders: Jordan Eberle or the fourth line?

The Islanders fourth line, or “identity line,” which includes Martin, Casey Cizikas and Clutterbuck, has been crucial to the Islanders’ recent success. A big advantage that the Islanders have and one of the reasons they have been to back-to-back Eastern Conference Finals the last two seasons is the teams’ ability to roll all four lines.

Islanders’ bench boss Barry Trotz is comfortable rolling all four lines and having the fourth line out on the ice in pressure situations. Unlike most teams who have to shorten their bench a lot during key moments in the game, the Islanders’ know that they can rely on the “identity line” to be efficient in the offensive zone, be reliant on defense and occasionally score a big goal. Lamoriello also must be pretty confident that fourth-liner Cizikas will re-sign if he is protecting his linemates.

Although Eberle has been clutch for the Islanders in big games, he does tend to disappear at times. In the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Eberle scored in Game 4 and Game 5 and then did not record another goal until Game 5 of the Boston Bruins series.

Then, Eberle went scoreless in the following six games and did not record another goal until Game 6 of the Tampa Bay Lightning series. There’s no doubt that Eberle is an extreme talent, who has an excellent aptitude for the game, and a significant clutch gene to score goals in big moments; however, Eberle fails to be consistent.

Ultimately, it does not make much sense to protect him over breaking up the fourth line. Although Eberle is exceptionally skilled and talented, he is more easily replaceable than the fourth line. With the Kraken likely to select Eberle, the Islanders have around $23 million in cap space and can now sign a big-name free agent.

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Islanders Lou Lamoriello opens up more cap space with expansion draft

Eyes on Isles 21 July, 2021 - 04:12pm

EAST MEADOW, NEW YORK - JANUARY 04: General Manager Lou Lamoriello of the New York Islanders attends practice during training camp at Northwell Health Ice Center at Eisenhower Park on January 04, 2021 in East Meadow, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Seattle Kraken has selected Jordan Eberle from the New York Islanders. The Isles top-line right-wing is gone and his $5.5 million salary cap goes with him to Seattle.

The means the New York Islanders now sit with $17.67 million in cap space. And that’s not considering Johnny Boychuk‘s salary that could be added through Long-Term Injury Reserve (LTIR). That brings the total up to $23.67 million in cap space.

Now to get there, the New York Islanders had to shed a few pieces with Nick Leddy and Jordan Eberle. That’s a top-four puck-moving defenseman as well as the top-scoring blueliner from 2020-21 and a top-line right-wing that had to move in order to create that cap space.

But, Lou Lamoriello now has cap space to add players to fill those gaps.

Sure, he has a few RFAs to sign, but the trio of Anthony Beauvillier, Adam Pelech, and Ilya Sorokin should only amount to around $15 million at most. That leaves another $8.67 million in space.

There’s still a lot of work to do for Lou Lamoriello but with the moves, he’s made over the last few days he’s now been able to create a bit of breathing room for this season and for a few more after that.

And look, Lou Lamoriello didn’t have to expose Jordan Eberle. He could have easily exposed Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck instead of Josh Bailey and Jordan Eberle. But he did so in order to create that $5.5 million in space.

Now, the next step for Lou Lamoriello and the New York Islanders is to fill those gaps and use that cap space to acquire equally talented (or better) players than the ones that left. The roster freeze is lifted tomorrow and free agency opens on July 28, so Lou will start to fill out the squad with that cap space very soon.

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Islanders Lose Jordan Eberle In Expansion (Report)

Eyes on Isles 21 July, 2021 - 03:42pm

Mar 27, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Islanders right wing Jordan Eberle (7) takes the ice to warm up against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Even though it was something we knew for hours, the Seattle Kraken made it official by selecting Jordan Eberle from the New York Islanders. Gary Bettman and the rest of the NHL were there in Seattle making the picks official.

Starting with what Seattle is getting, they add Jordan Eberle for three more years at a $5.5 million cap hit. In 2021 for the Islanders he put up 33 points (16 goals, 17 assists) glued to Mat Barzal’s hip on the top line.

Over the past four years, he’s played in the Islanders top-six and has spent a majority of that time with Barzal who had good chemistry with him. He finishes his Islanders career with 169 points (76 goals, 93 assists) in 272 games.

He projects as a top-line RW for Seattle and should be a solid veteran leader at this point in his career with a few deep playoff runs under his belt.

He was even there in attendance sporting the white away jerseys.

Jordan Eberle showing off the away jersey 🔥 #SeaKraken

— NHL on uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM_NHL) July 22, 2021

He was a solid Islander and had a couple of clutch playoff moments as well. A dominant series against Pittsburgh in 2019 and then the clutch double-overtime winner against the Lightning in Game 5 of the 2020 series.

As for Lou Lamoriello and the Islanders, clearly, they now need an upgrade in their top-six. A relatively cheap lateral move would be bringing back Long Island’s own Kyle Palmieri who was very good for them in the playoffs.

Or, he can go big fish hunting. Names like Gabriel Landeskog, Conor Garland, and Vladimir Tarasenko have been linked to the Islanders and with having $23.6 million in cap space, they have some room to get creative.

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The roster freeze ends tomorrow, so we can see Lou Lamoriello get active in just a few hours or, a week from today.

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Kraken select Isles' Eberle in expansion draft

Newsday 21 July, 2021 - 02:59pm

Jordan Eberle strode onto the stage wearing a white Seattle Kraken jersey with his familiar No. 7.

"It’s a new challenge," the former Islander said on the ESPN2 broadcast of Wednesday night’s expansion draft. "You don’t get many opportunities to be a part of a new franchise."

There’s no doubt losing a top-line right wing does leave a (temporary) hole in the Islanders’ lineup. But the Islanders now have much more financial flexibility with the remaining three seasons of Eberle’s $27.5 million deal — with an annual average value of $5.5 million — off their books.

The Kraken, who will begin play in October as the NHL’s 32nd franchise, selected one player from each of the other teams except for Vegas, which entered the league in 2017. Eberle's cap hit was the second largest the Kraken assumed. Only defenseman Mark Giordano's $6.75 million was higher.

"This is really my first time in Seattle other than juniors," Eberle said. "To see the passion of the fans is very exciting."

Eberle and fellow top-six forward Josh Bailey were the prominent players the Islanders left exposed in the draft, choosing to protect forwards Mathew Barzal, Anthony Beauvillier, Cal Clutterbuck, Anders Lee, Matt Martin, Brock Nelson and Jean-Gabriel Pageau, defensemen Scott Mayfield, Adam Pelech and Ryan Pulock and goalie Ilya Sorokin.

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The Islanders now have approximately $17.6 million in cap space available under the flat, $81.5 million ceiling after shedding Eberle as well as defenseman Nick Leddy and forward Andrew Ladd, both who also have $5.5 million cap charges. They will also be able to exceed the cap ceiling by $6 million if Johnny Boychuk returns to long-term injured reserve.

Islanders’ boss Lou Lamoriello — showing why he’s the reigning, two-time GM of the year — traded Leddy to the Red Wings on Friday for a second-round pick in this weekend’s entry draft and bottom-six forward Richard Panik, with Detroit retaining 50% of Panik’s $2.75 million cap charge, then sent Ladd to the Coyotes the next day along with a second-round pick this year, a conditional second-round pick in 2022 and a conditional third-round pick in 2023 for no return other than the resulting cap space.

Lamoriello, of course, still has a lengthy to-do list this offseason, and losing Eberle just adds to it.

He can get back to work starting Thursday afternoon when the NHL trade and roster freeze in place for the expansion draft is lifted.

Lamoriello has identified re-signing his key restricted free agents, Beauvillier, Pelech and Sorokin, as a priority.

Protecting Martin and Clutterbuck indicated Lamoriello is also serious about re-signing fourth-line center Casey Cizikas.

And now Lamoriello must also replace Leddy and Eberle.

Re-signing unrestricted free agent Kyle Palmieri, acquired from the Devils along with fellow UFA Travis Zajac for a first-round pick on April 7, remains one option. Or, Lamoriello could pursue marquee UFA Gabriel Landeskog, soon to be an ex-Avalanche.

Trading for Blues’ sharpshooter Vladimir Tarasenko is also a possibility, though it would have been easier if the Kraken had selected Tarasenko in the expansion draft and retained part of his $7.5 million cap charge to facilitate a three-way deal.

Andrew Gross joined Newsday in 2018 to cover the Islanders. He began reporting on the NHL in 2003 and has previously covered the Rangers and Devils. Other assignments have included the Jets, St. John’s and MLB.

Islanders: Jordan Eberle To Be Picked By Seattle (Leak)

Eyes on Isles 21 July, 2021 - 07:11am

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA - FEBRUARY 20: Jordan Eberle #7 of the New York Islanders looks on during their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG PAINTS Arena on February 20, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

The Seattle Kraken sent in their picks to the NHL at 10 am this morning. As the day has gone on there’s been leaks floating around and it appears the New York Islanders pick leaked. Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News has said that it will be Jodan Eberle.

Jordan Eberle has three years remaining at $5.5 million per year. If he is indeed the pick by Seattle, he would be an immediate impact player on the right side in their top-six.

Last year, in 55 games Eberle had 33 points for the Islanders with 16 goals. Paced out over a full season, he was on pace for 49 points and 24 goals.

When Eberle was traded for he was expected to slot in on the top line with John Tavares. His best role ended up being playing with Anthony Beauvillier and Mathew Barzal on the second line that season as he put up 25 goals and 59 points.

In 272 games over four years, it appears that Eberle’s Islander career has come to a close with 169 points (76 goals, 93 assists). His biggest moment? The Game 5 overtime winner against Tampa Bay in the bubble.

Assuming he is the pick, the Islanders now need to address their top-six. If they move Johnny Boychuk to LTIR, that should essentially free up $23.6 million to play with.

Lou Lamoriello has been rumored to be going big fish hunting and with both Gabriel Landeskog (free agency) and Vladimir Tarasenko (trade) available he will have his pick of impact players that he can add to the top-six this offseason.

We knew going into the offseason that the Isles would have a bit of a facelift but with Eberle, Nick Leddy, and Andrew Ladd coming off the books it allows for Lou Lamoriello to do what he does best, get creative.

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Islanders Chances Of Losing A High Priced Player

Eyes on Isles 21 July, 2021 - 04:32am

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - JUNE 23: Jordan Eberle #7 of the New York Islanders celebrates after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Semifinals during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nassau Coliseum on June 23, 2021 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders exposed two players for this upcoming expansion draft who are making over $5 million apiece in Jordan Eberle and Josh Bailey. It’s debatable or not if the Islanders would be better off losing these players in expansion or having them stick on the roster.

On the one side, it clears cap space and a contract of $5 million or more a year for a 30+ year old over the next three years. Yet, at the same time, the team would be losing a player in their top-six.

Looking at the most recent expansion draft, I wanted to see how many players were taken with a “high cap number”. For the exercise, I lowered the cap number to $4 million because at the time the cap was $75 million for the 2017-2018 season. For reference, $4 million is 5.3% of the cap which would equate to a contract worth $4.35 million or more with today’s cap number.

Here are the 3 players that fit that description for Vegas:

James Neal was in the final year of his contract that was paying him $5 million a year coming off a 41 point season. In his lone season with Vegas, he was fairly solid with the Golden Knights putting up 25 goals and 44 points before his production began to go.

Yes, this one still counts, even though he was on the team for like five days. Vegas flipped him to Dallas the following week for a second and prospect Dylan Ferguson. While he never played for Vegas they still took him and flipped him for an asset. Methot had two years left on his deal also, by the way.

Vegas landed their starter selecting Marc-Andre Fleury with two years remaining on his deal. He’d also get another contract from Vegas paying him $7 million over three seasons.

With only three of 30 players who were selected fitting the description, that would put it at a 10% chance. Granted, there’s no way to know if Seattle shares the same philosophy as Vegas and which teams will trade for side deals but the chances seem on the low side that an “expensive” player gets selected.

There is absolutely a world where Seattle goes on the cheap and takes Kieffer Bellows, who is an RFA. Hopefully, that eases your mind if you were worried about losing Eberle or Bailey.

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