Lou Lamoriello’s goal at the start of the offseason was to find enough cap space to retain his core younger players, a couple of his key veterans heading for free agency and possibly a bigger swing at a difference-making scorer.
With Jordan Eberle reportedly headed to Seattle in Wednesday’s expansion draft, Lamoriello’s options have gone from limited to limitless in the span of five days. It started with moving Nick Leddy and his $5.5 million AAV to the Red Wings on Friday. Then the cap space expanded more when Lamoriello sent three draft picks and Andrew Ladd’s $5.5 million AAV to the Coyotes for zero return.
And now, with the suspense drained out of the Kraken’s big expansion draft party as names, including Eberle’s, trickled out all day Wednesday, Lamoriello managed to shed yet another $5.5 million AAV, this one with three years remaining. Eberle, acquired by Garth Snow at the 2017 draft for Ryan Strome, was a productive top-six winger in his four seasons on the Island, with 76-93-169 in 272 games and 34 more points in 49 playoff games. Eberle meshed well with Mathew Barzal, no small feat.