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Eberle on offseason: “Maybe I’m getting my man strength”

Aug 30, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

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Even without his huge contract extension, Jordan Eberle was primed to enter next season with heightened expectations.

Eberle reflected on the pressure he faces individually and the Oilers confront as a team going into 2012-13.

“We have a lot to prove still,” Eberle said. “Team-wise, we haven’t really achieved much yet, and that’s our focus right now.”

Eberle discussed what he describes as a vigorous offseason training program.

“I’ve had a huge summer of training, maybe my best ever,” Eberle said. “Maybe I’m getting older, getting my man strength.”

(That has the making of a fantastic nickname, or at least an amusing T-shirt.)

Eberle admitted that he was “anxious” to sign the deal after Taylor Hall inked his similar contract extension.

The Oilers’ Web site includes full audio of Eberle’s reactions here. Edmonton GM Steve Tambellini also reflected on the signing at the team’s Twitter site.

  1. illadelphiasphinest - Aug 30, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Breaking news!!! Eberle grows his first pube!!!! Really tho how is this news? Couldn’t this been added to the last post about him about 3hrs ago?

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 30, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      Dude, he got his man strength. Don’t you remember getting your man strength? It’s a special time for him, as it was for all of us men. We need to appreciate this moment and celebrate it with him.

    • davebabychreturns - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:35 AM

      Hey, a quote from a hockey player with even mild amusement value is headline news no matter what time of year.

      That being said, the person with real man strength in all of this is Eberle’s agent: getting his client a $36m deal when the player will almost certainly have a worse season in his contract year is impressive. Good job capitalizing on the stench of desperation emanating from the Oilers management.

  2. phillyphanatic76 - Aug 30, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Although this was an expected move it’s just another example of owners saying one thing (no more then 5 year contracts for cheap) and then doing another. These hypocrites are going to force us to go without hockey because they wanna have their cake and eat it too.

  3. theboysofdallas - Aug 31, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    How number one overall picks before they at least somewhat decent, jesus

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