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Oilers’ Eager diagnosed with concussion

Jan 23, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT

On Wednesday, Edmonton Oilers head coach Ralph Kruger announced that forward Ben Eager has been diagnosed with a concussion.

Eager, 29, suffered the injury during a third period fight with Zack Kassian in Edmonton’s season-opening victory over Vancouver.

Eager didn’t return to the contest following his tilt with Kassian and was held out of the Oilers’ 6-3 loss to San Jose on Tuesday night.

For exactly how Kassian caused the concussion, we direct your attention to this video:

And this photo, courtesy The Score:


It should be noted that Eager does have a history with concussions.

He missed three games with one at the start of the 2011-12 campaign and missed a number of games with a concussion (and concussion symptoms) during his time in Chicago.

  1. davebabychreturns - Jan 23, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Shouldn’t be out too long, I have a feeling that Ben Eager’s baseline testing is probably not too challenging to achieve.

  2. tbbolts91 - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    He is concussion Aladeen

  3. dasportsninja - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    It was a classless move when KAssian Celebrated his “Victory”. Mr., Kassian will soon learn they payback is a Biach.

    • elvispocomo - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:24 PM

      Haha, nice try. He wasn’t pulling an Asham, washing his hands like he’d just cleaned up, but rather telling the crowd to get excited – particularly since Hemsky had scored shortly before to make it 2-2 and they had the momentum.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      If you don’t like it, win the fight.

  4. aquatechnex - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    was there that night, play started, Eager stabbed him in back of leg with Kassian’s back to him, Eager has history of blindside hits. This was an even fight started by Eager, guess he just didn’t get in the best shot.

  5. nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Sure glad fighting is harmless and is desperately needed to police the game and make sure nobody ever gets injured.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      Go watch soccer

      • stakex - Jan 23, 2013 at 9:17 PM

        Or tennis… soccer might be too rough for nothanksimdriving123.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 24, 2013 at 2:22 AM

        Actually, I’ve been loving hockey since Bobby Orr played for Oshawa, you know, back when players, including superstars, fought for real because they were seriously pissed at each other as they met 14 times in a season, and not like today because the designated fighters would otherwise have to go work flipping burgers. Yeah, I’m so freekin old I remember Toronto winning the Stanley Cup 3 years in a row! Ever seen a fight in an NHL penalty box? I have.

    • dmfc1112 - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:24 PM

      Fighting itself may be risky for the combatants but if the NHL eliminated the instigator rule they would make the game safER for other players. I am talking purposeful fights. Make the enforcer relevant again.

      Gretzky was neither a big man nor a fast skater yet he was pretty healthy during his career. Was he just lucky?? It has to be luck. NO way enforcers played any role.

  6. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Maybe it’s time they talk about whether or not eliminating fights will keep the players healthy.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      I’ve never seen a guy forced to square up

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:51 PM

        Then you haven’t been paying attention hockeyflow33. Pretty much every NHL team has at least one player whose job requires him to engage in fights. Minus much actual hockey ability, he fights or loses his job. And it’s clear that some of those players will develop serious health problems because of those fights. But you and most other hockey fans simply do not care because you enjoy watching the fights, which is the only honest argument in favor of not banning them. You enjoy them.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jan 24, 2013 at 2:57 AM

        I will. I’m also curious how these guys are forced into fighting. I must have missed the part where one roster spot is reserved for an indentured servant.

      • woodstakes - Jan 24, 2013 at 1:14 AM

        Wow nothanksimdriving123!

        These guys get paid, HANDSOMELY mind you, to do it! Period!
        Boxers, UFC guys they all do it KNOWING full well that taking a punch to the face is not good for you, yet they all seem to line up to do it. Why do you think that is? Pretty easy answer, they want to make $750K+ a year rather than $40K working construction somewhere. If I could get paid to do it, I sure would. $750K+ a year for 10 years gets you some pretty nice medical coverage and buys a pretty nice future for your kids and their kids.

        Also, if you believe that having fights in hockey does not have it’s place then you KNOW ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about hockey. The ability to police the game and protect the stars is a very necessary thing, you think the ref’s are going to do it? The commish? Shanny? Your statement only proves your ignorance! As someone stated go watch tennis or golf!

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 24, 2013 at 2:37 AM

        I doubt woodstakes will understand this but I’ll try: your “policing” argument might make a tiny amount of sense if the mythical policing worked. But the long list of stars missing major playing time in recent years due to serious injuries, such as Pronger, Crosby, Briere, and on and on, suggests that an appointment fight at the start of the game does nothing to keep anyone from being hurt. Such fights have one purpose: to energize the fans who enjoy seeing a fight. If you disagree, refrain from personal insults and explain both how the policing actually works and how so many guys still get clobbered despite the policing.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jan 24, 2013 at 3:00 AM

        He’s right, you are an idiot. It’s the same reason there are fights in beer leagues, it does police the game.
        Much like how a fire department can’t prevent all fires or a police department doesn’t stop all crime, having fights doesn’t prevent all injuries but it certainly does reduce the amount.

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