LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 20: Jordan Eberle of the Edmonton Oilers poses for a portrait during the 2012 NHL Awards at the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas on June 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Jordan Eberle Signs 6-Year, $36 Million Extension With Edmonton OIlers

Jordan Eberle has signed a six-year, $36 million contract extension with the Edmonton OIlers, joining fellow young gun Taylor Hall in getting his big payday this summer.

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Jordan Eberle Contract Extension: Oilers Fans Skeptical About Big Deal

The Edmonton Oilers gave right-winger Jordan Eberle a six-year, $36 million contract extension on Thursday, eight days after signing left-winger Taylor Hall to a seven-year, $42 million extension that stands as the richest deal in franchise history. That gives the Oilers two contracts that average out to about $6 million per year.

Eberle had a very impressive sophomore campaign for Edmonton, scoring 34 goals while adding 42 assists in 78 games, combining for a team-leading 76 points in his second year in the league. Still, though, Oilers fans at The Copper and Blue appear to be skeptical that this was a price worth paying for Eberle, especially given that they don't know if the 22-year-old will be able to produce like this again.

The reason for that scepticism is simple - regression. Eberle's shooting percentage last year was 18.9%. That's very, very high and likely unsustainable. The issues surrounding Eberle's season go beyond that single number but it's the one that raises the questions. A lot of people smarter than me, Scott Reynolds, Jonathan Willis, and Tyler Dellow have all done some excellent work in trying to answer those questions so I'm not going to waste my time or yours by rehashing the details here. And besides, at this point you either agree with the conclusions or you don't, a few more words from me isn't going to change your mind.

Can Eberle sustain the production he put up through that magical second season? It remains to be seen, and that's a huge -- and now, expensive -- question.

Talk about the Eberle contract extension with Oilers fans by heading over to The Copper and Blue.


Jordan Eberle Signs 6-Year, $36 Million Contract With Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers have locked up one of their young stars for the foreseeable future, announcing a large deal with right-winger Jordan Eberle. According to the team, Eberle, 22, has signed an extension worth $36 million over the next six years, keeping the young forward with the club through the 2017-18 season.

Eberle's deal comes one week after his young teammate, 20-year-old left-winger Taylor Hall, signed a seven-year, $42 million contract.

Edmonton drafted Eberle with the 22nd pick in the 2008 NHL draft. He debuted with the team in 2010, recording 43 points while primarily playing on the second and third line during his rookie season.

In two seasons with the Oilers, Eberle has scored a total of 52 goals, including 34 last season in 78 games. He led the team with 76 points in 2011-12.

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Jordan Eberle Contract Extension With Oilers Coming Soon, Says Report

Jordan Eberle is expected to agree on a contract extension with the Edmonton Oilers in the next day, according to SportsNet. The deal should be like that of teammate Taylor Hall's, who recently signed a seven-year, $42 million extension with the team.

Eberle's camp and Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini will continue negotiations over the next 24 hours, as there are a few kinks to be worked out.

Per SportsNet:

Though it is Tambellini's wish to have Hall and Eberle set the salary cap at $6 million per season - setting an artificial salary cap in Edmonton the way the Sedin twins do at $6.1 million in Vancouver - the Eberle camp may not be as willing to sign an identical deal to Hall's.

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.

Like Hall, Eberle is eyeing the end of his first contract that will expire after the 2012-13 season. With the NHL and its players currently stuck in a reassessment of the current collective bargaining agreement, the contract would be beneficial for Eberle since reports indicate that a new CBA would limit contracts to five years at maximum.

The 22-year-old Eberle had 34 goals and 42 assists while playing in 78 games during the 2011-12 season.


Taylor Hall Contract: Smart Signing By The Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers announced on Twitter Wednesday morning that 20-year-old forward Taylor Hall has agreed to a seven year, $42 million contract extension with the team.

Hall, the No. 1-overall pick in 2010, scored 27 goals with 26 assists in 61 games played last season for Edmonton. It's a signing that makes a lot of sense, according to Ryan Batty of The Copper & Blue:

"Hall drives the play when he's on the ice. It's an over used statment, but he's the straw that stirs the drink and he's only played two seasons in the league."

Batty continues, noting that while injuries are always a concern with lengthy deals such as this, the Oilers locked up a player in his prime for the foreseeable future at a reasonable price, compared to similar deals that other high draft picks have inked.

Under the extension, Hall will be an Oiler through the 2019-20 season.

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Taylor Hall, Oilers Agree On 7-Year Contract Extension

While the long-term fiscal outlook of the NHL is still unclear as the league undergoes yet another round of extremely contentious CBA negotiations, that hasn't stopped the Edmonton Oilers from agreeing to a long-term extension with one of their young building blocks:

Hall, a 20-year old taken No. 1 overall in 2010, was entering the final year of his entry-level deal and would have been a restricted free agent at the end of the 2012-2013 season. The 6'1 195 left wing had 27 goals and 26 assists last season.

With Hall now under contract for most of the decade, the Oilers are expected to try to lock up right wing Jordan Eberle to a contract extension as well.

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Oilers Look To Sign Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle: What Price Can They Afford?

The Edmonton Oilers have two important players to pay in Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, and it seems they're doing their best to wrap up negotiations with the talented young forwards. Both players are entering the final year of their rookie contracts, and if Edmonton can't sign them to extensions, they'll hit the market as unrestricted free agents after the season. The Oilers are trying to do their best to lock them into nice deals that will keep them in Edmonton for the foreseeable future.

How do Oilers fans feel about these potential contract extensions? Scott Reynolds breaks down what he feels would be the best moves for the Oilers at The Copper & Blue.

I think that's probably the range I'd be looking for on contracts that carry these players through to about age 28. My own feeling is that Hall is probably going to be a better player than Eberle, but identical contracts might also help to set expectations for the players still to come (much like the Ducks had happen with Bobby Ryan following Getzlaf and Perry or the Penguins had with Malkin following Crosby). At the very least, I'd want to leave some wiggle room after doing the first two contracts in case you find that it's necessary to give the two subsequent players a bump or that salary inflation isn't happening as quickly as you'd expected.

There are certain issues that come to play, most notably the fact that no one knows yet what the league's new collective bargaining agreement will look like, which could factor heavily into how both the Oilers and the players' representatives conduct their negotiations.

Reynolds hopes the Oilers pay what's needed for the two without significantly hamstringing for the long term, which could force the need to break up a young core of draft picks (including recent draft picks Nail Yakupov and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins) down the line. The younger two prospects could end up being better players in the years to come, so it's important for Edmonton to try to lock Hall and Eberle up without breaking the bank for them.

For more extensive coverage on the Oilers, head on over to The Copper and Blue.


Edmonton Oilers Reportedly Close To Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle Contract Extensions

The Edmonton Oilers appear to be close to inking left wing Taylor Hall and right wing Jordan Eberle to contract extensions.

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