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Islanders cross off one big task with five-year Jordan Eberle deal

The Islanders have kept their man, or at least one of them.

GM Lou Lamoriello started off free agency by signing Jordan Eberle to a five-year deal worth $5.5 million annually. The second-line winger produced 37 points for the Islanders last season (19 goals and 18 assists), helping the team surpass expectations to reach the postseason.

A former All-Star, Eberle’s production dropped in the 2018-19 season from 59 points the prior season, though four goals and nine points during the Islanders’ two-round playoff run was enough that the Islanders wanted to bring back the 29-year old.

With captain Anders Lee, Valtteri Filppula and goaltender Robin Lehner also hitting free agency, among others, the focus now turns to them.