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Islanders, Jordan Eberle Not Talking Contract Extension

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New York Islanders forward Jordan Eberle says that the two sides have not yet discussed a contract extension, as he enters the final year of a six-year, $36 million contract he signed as a member of the Edmonton Oilers back in 2012.

At the conclusion of the season, Eberle is set to become an unrestricted free agent.

“To be honest I haven’t had any conversations with anybody,” Eberle said on Tuesday (h/t NHL.com). “Going into the summer I was trying to focus on me and being the best I can be and come into the camp the best I can be. Once that happens you start trying to fill a role and try to make this team as good as it can be.”

Eberle had 59 points (25 goals, 34 assists) in his first season with the Islanders, who acquired him from the Oilers for forward Ryan Strome in June of 2017.

“Anytime you miss the playoffs there’s always going to be changes,” Eberle said. “I think for me, I kind of just tried to focus on myself and try and get better. I think the game’s really progressed in a way that it’s a lot faster. Even the last three years I’ve noticed the speed of the League is a lot higher than it used to be. In the summer everyone’s focus should be to try to get faster. I know it’s such a cliché, but it really means a lot now just based on how quick the League’s gotten, so that’s something I really focus on.

“I think with the changes that we’ve had, I think it’s always fun to prove yourself. I think there’s going to be some competition in camp and that always makes your team better, and myself included. You want to be a part of that. You want to be able to prove yourself.”

With the loss of John Tavares this offseason, Eberle belives that the Isles still have a chance to make a run.

“It’s obviously a loss for our team, but you’ve got to move on,” Eberle said. “I think we’re kind of put in a category right now where we’re kind of the underdog role, and sometimes that’s good to be. You look at a team like maybe New Jersey last year, who had similar expectations coming in, and look how well they did. Sometimes you play better without that added pressure. We’ve got enough guys to fill depth here and guys are going to fill in and we’ll be fine.”

Detroit Red Wings

Red Wings’ Anthony Mantha Out Four To Six Weeks

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The Detroit Red Wings will be without bright spot forward Anthony Mantha, who has developed impressively this season, will miss four to six weeks with a hand injury and will undergo surgery today, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

Mantha injured his hand while fighting with Patrik Nemeth of the Colorado Avalanche, a game that resulted in the two-game suspension of Tyler Bertuzzi.

Mantha has picked up 14 points in 27 games this season.

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Flyers Hire Chuck Fletcher as General Manager

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The Philadelphia Flyers have announced the hiring of Chuck Fletcher as the team’s new general manager, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Fletcher, who becomes the eighth man to serve as GM in franchise history, will take over for Ron Hextall who was fired back in November.

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Devils’ Steven Santini Sent To AHL On Conditioning Loan

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The New Jersey Devils have sent defenseman Steven Santini to the AHL on a conditioning loan as the 23-year old works his way back from a broken jaw, according to NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti.

Santini has played in only one game for New Jersey this season, struggling to catch on as a full-time player for the Devils, and has only played in 76 NHL games during his short career after the Devils selected him with the 42d pick in the 2013 NHL draft.

 

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