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Oilers waive Eager

Mar 13, 2013, 1:23 PM EST

Ben 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.

  1. sjsharks66 - Mar 13, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    You can come back to the sharks eager. The slow paced game they have been playing lately could use your antics and fighting.

  2. misterchainbluelightning - Mar 13, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Ben eager has exactly 400 NHL games, and is now on waivers. And now he should retire. (400 games = NHL pension) Guy has had too many concussions and it’s time to hang em up.

  3. thehighcountrybear - Mar 13, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Expect to see teams dropping concussed and concussion prone players from their rosters as a matter of risk dumping driven by rising insurance costs as the concussion problem becomes endemic in the NHL; Montador…Eager…

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