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Ben Eager

Oilers waive Eager


The Edmonton Oilers have placed forward Ben Eager on waivers.

Eager, 29, has appeared in 14 games for the Oilers this season, registering 1G-1A-2PTS while averaging 9:40 time on ice.

The rugged winger missed 13 games this year with a concussion, suffered during an early season fight with Vancouver’s Zack Kassian.

It’s worth noting two things that occurred since the scrap: 1) Eager hasn’t engaged in another fight, 2) The Oilers brought in noted pugilist Mike Brown from Toronto who, since joining the team, has fought twice in five games.

It’ll be interesting to see if Eager is claimed by another club.

He’s been well traveled since being selected in the first round (23 overall) by Phoenix at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, suiting up for the Flyers, Blackhawks, Thrashers and Sharks before coming to Edmonton.

Of course, Eager comes with baggage. He’s gained a reputation as a somewhat undisciplined player and still faces assault charges stemming from an October fight at a Toronto-area bar.

In other roster moves from today, the Phoenix Coyotes placed Nick Johnson and the Chicago Blackhawks placed Rostislav Olesz on waivers, respectively.

Trade: Oilers acquire Brown from Toronto

Dan Ellis, Mike Brown, Victor Hedman

The Edmonton Oilers beefed up their roster on Monday by acquiring Mike Brown from Toronto. In exchange, the Leafs get a fourth-round pick in 2014 that becomes a third-rounder if the Oilers make the playoffs this year.

Brown, 27, has appeared in 12 games for the Maple Leafs this season, recording one assist while racking up 70 PIM (with five fighting majors).

He averaged 4:39 time on ice per game, but hasn’t played since recording his lone point of the year in a loss to Montreal on Feb. 27.

It’s easy to see why this move was made.

Edmonton has openly stated its desire to add toughness in recent weeks — the team reportedly had interest in ex-Canuck Aaron Volpatti  before he was claimed off waivers by the Capitals.

That said, it’s curious the organization felt the need for more toughness given it already has Theo Peckham, Mark Fistric and Ben Eager (not to mention the fact Darcy Hordichuk was sent to AHL Oklahoma City earlier this year.)

As for Toronto, it could afford to lose Brown.

The club has three legitimate tough guys in the lineup — Colton Orr, Frazer McLaren, Mark Fraser — who have combined to fight 15 times already this year.

Sharks GM Wilson on slumping team: ‘The answer lies within that room’


The San Jose Sharks started the season a perfect 7-0-0.

Since then, they’ve gone 0-4-3.

That slide has brought up what feels like an annual rite of passage in the Bay Area — talks of GM Doug Wilson shaking things up via trade.

Just one catch: Wilson says it ain’t gonna happen.

“The answer lies within that room,” Wilson told the San Jose Mercury News, pointing to the Sharks’ dressing room. “If we hadn’t seen the glimpse of the seven-game start, that would tell you something.

“There are other teams that have gone through phases of losing some games, other very good, talented teams out there that are not on top of their game to the level they want to be.”

“We’re more concerned about our group and getting back to the things that led us to the first seven games.”

All that said, let’s not forget that Wilson has a lengthy history of dealmaking.

Since 2011 he’s brought in the likes of Ben Eager, Ian White, Brent Burns, Martin Havlat, TJ Galiardi, Daniel Winnik and Brad Stuart while shipping out Dany Heatley, Devin Setoguchi, Jamie McGinn, Brad Staubitz and Charlie Coyle.

Now, though, he appears unwilling to move any pieces — though part of that could be out of his control.

The Sharks have a number of key players locked into no-movement clauses (Havlat, Burns, Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Michal Handzus, Dan Boyle) and the prospect cupboard isn’t exactly stocked.

San Jose has made just two first-round selections since 2007 and one of them, Coyle, has already been moved.

As for dealing future picks? Wilson has first-rounders at his disposal, but is thin in the middle rounds. At the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, for example, San Jose will be without its third- and fourth-round selections.

Back on the ice, things don’t promise to get any easier for the Sharks in the near future.

They play 12 of their next 17 on the road, which includes a stretch of seven of eight away from the Shark Tank from Mar. 10-25.