Hockey Insider Darren Dreger had a Tuesday morning radio hit on Montreal’s TSN 690, and was asked what he’s been hearing on the Eberle front.
“Not a lot, to be honest,” said Dreger. “I would say a month or so – maybe six weeks ago – there was some tire-kicking. I know that there were three teams that were calling Peter Chiarelli in Edmonton, but no one really willing to jump and take the bait. I believe that the Islanders were one of those teams. But obviously it didn’t go anywhere.
“And the last time I checked with Chiarelli, which was last week – late last week – he said that things had cooled on Eberle. And that’s not to say that there’s no interest in Eberle or that Edmonton has taken him off the market. It’s just maybe kind of a dull time.
My Take: Eberle may be plan B if the interest in Matt Duchene do not pan out. Eberle has the same amount and one more year on his contract and Duchene, but Dreger goes on to say that it’s the contract that’s the sticking point and Eberle may not be dealt until the offseason. I believe many want to see how Eberle produces in the playoffs if he warrants a team seeking his services or whether it’s going to be a brutal contract.
So here is a list of the players the Islanders have interest in, that we hear about:
James van Riemsdyk
That’s a pretty decent list, and I’ll add or subtract as the week continues. Give me your thoughts on what you think will happen by March 1st.