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Islanders’ Jordan Eberle Excited To Play Former Team

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New York Islanders forward Jordan Eberle has a certain game circled on his calendar and it’s against his former team, the Edmonton Oilers.

“If anything, you want to beat them,” said Eberle who was traded to the Isles for forward Ryan Strome.

Eberle, 27, was the Oilers’ first-round pick in the 2008 NHL Draft and posted 5 20-goal seasons during his tenure with the team.

“If anything, you want to beat them,” said Eberle.

“It’s a team that didn’t want you, so you want to bring your best, play your best and get your teammates going so they can try and help you out for a win. I think that’s the biggest thing. Anytime you have friends on an old team, you compete a little bit harder.”

Eberle has had a decent run with the Isles thus far.

“It’s figuring out the system, figuring out the style of game that we want to play,” Eberle said on the transition to his new team.

“That all comes with time. It’s nice to score. I think you get chances, you want to put them in. It starts to frustrate you a bit, but now they’re going in. You want to just keep riding it and keep doing the things that got you to that point.”

New York coach Doug Weight believes it’s just a matter of time before Eberle gets settled in completely.

“He’s a guy that we watch a lot of with,” Weight said.

“You’ve been in an organization for seven or eight years, I wasn’t in those tunnels. We stay on him in a positive manner and support him and try to get him out there in places to succeed.

“He’s a heck of a player. It’s always good to see him get on the board and contribute. I think he’s going to get better and better for our team and be more comfortable. I learn more about him every game. It’s definitely good to see him score.”

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Lightning Shopping Slater Koekkoek

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are shopping defenseman, and former first round pick, Slater Koekkoek, according to SportsNet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Tampa Bay is now motivated to trade away their once prized prospect, who is currently playing with the Syracuse Crunch on a conditioning stint.

Koekkoek is waiver eligible and will become a restricted free agent with arbitration rights in the summer of 2019.

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Blue Jackets’ Sergei Bobrovsky Will Not Dress Due To Team Incident

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced that veteran goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will not dress for tonight’s game against the Nashville Predators due to what is being described as an “incident”.

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen stated the following:

“There are certain expectations and values that we have established for our players that define our culture. An incident occurred in which Sergei failed to meet those expectations and values, so we made the decision that he would not be with the team for tonight’s game. This is an internal matter and we will have no further comment at this time.”

In corresponding moves, the Blue Jackets has recalled Jean-Francois Berube, and placed both Brandon Dubinsky and Markus Hannikainen on injured reserve.

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Leafs’ Frederik Andersen Targeting Saturday Return

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Toronto Maple Leafs’ goaltender Frederik Andersen said that he is eyeing the team’s upcoming game against the Boston Bruins on Saturday to make his return to the ice.

Andersen was placed on injured reserve on January 3rd, retroactive to December 23rd, and hasn’t played since December 22nd.

Despite his goal of a Saturday return, Maple Leafs’ head coach Mike Babcock is looking towards Monday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche as the best time for his return.

Babcock pours a little cold water on Andersen’s reveal, saying it might be Monday vs. Colorado. Hmmm…— luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) January 9, 2019

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