Barely more than a week after extending Taylor Hall’s contract, the Edmonton Oilers are reportedly on the verge of locking up another one of their young stars, Jordan Eberle.
Sportsnet’s Mark Spector has learned that negotiations between Oilers GM Steve Tambellini and Eberle’s agent Craig Oster are set to continue in the next 24 hours and that a deal is expected to be reached “very soon.”
It’s believed the Oilers would like Eberle’s contract to mirror that of Hall’s seven-year, $42 million extension (cap hit of $6 million.)
However, Eberle’s camp may point to the fact the 22-year-old has been a more productive scorer than Hall (though the latter is only 20.)
Eberle’s coming off a 34-goal, 42-assist season – his 76 points (78 GP) led the Oilers by a large margin, with Hall’s 53 points (61 GP) in second.
Writes Spector: “Chances are the Eberle camp would accept an AAV of $6 million per season, matching Hall, but will negotiate a shorter-term contract by a year or two than Hall’s seven-year deal.”