While some of the offseason NHL signings were stunning excessive, Edmonton’s decision to lock in Jordan Eberle (six years, $36 million) and Taylor Hall (seven years, $42 million) for the long haul made all the sense in the world.
These are two of the elite offensive talents in the game. At some point, an offensively starved team was going to target one of these guys.
Now Edmonton has secured a couple of nucleus players for a long, long time.
“When they said seven years I didn't blink,” Hall told reporters. “I'm comfortable being here for that long. I think by that time ... I hope we're a perennial threat. That's my main goal and my mindset when I signed the deal.”
Eberle has 119 points in 147 NHL games. Hall scored 27 goals and 26 assists in 61 games last season before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury.
Both players have massive upsides. While the franchise has come to regret that six-year, $33 million contract with Shawn Horcoff, there will be no second-guessing these deals.