NHL rumors: Flyers talking to Oilers about Jordan Eberle

Are the Philadelphia Flyers eyeing Edmonton's Jordan Eberle? (USATSI)
Are the Philadelphia Flyers eyeing Edmonton's Jordan Eberle? (USATSI)

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The Philadelphia Flyers are desperate for offense and they may test the trade markets to find a player to help fix that. Flyers brass are talking with the Edmonton Oilers about Jordan Eberle according to Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia.

That’s interesting on a number of fronts. First off, the Flyers are floundering in last place in the messy Metropolitan Division with a 4-10-1 record. Team captain Claude Giroux is goalless this season and with just 22 goals scored as a team this year, the Flyers rank last in the league in that category by a lot.

Eberle, meanwhile, has 13 points in 17 games so far, which is a little bit below his expected production, but solid nonetheless. He also had 76 points as a second-year NHLer and 37 in 48 games during last year’s short season. He has plenty of skill and would certainly provide a boost to the Flyers offense.

The Oilers meanwhile are in some serious need of help on the back end. The Flyers happen to have a lot of defensemen. Not all of them are great, mind you, but they have a surplus there.

Eberle is part of the Oilers' young core that includes Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, Nail Yakupov and Justin Schultz. You’d expect those to be the four guys the team builds around, so if the Oilers are to deal the 23-year-old wing, they better be getting something really solid in return.

Things are getting desperate in Philadelphia, so it could take a drastic move to really change the team’s fortunes. Acquiring a young talent like Eberle would make quite a splash for the Flyers, you’d think.

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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