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Oilers’ Eager headed to KHL

Jun 18, 2014, 11:08 AM EDT

Ben Eager

Ben Eager is on his way to Russia.

Eager — a former Flyer, Blackhawk, Thrasher, Shark and Oiler — has reportedly signed a deal to play in the KHL, per Sportsnet’s Mark Spector.

The 30-year-old, taken 23rd overall at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, has spent the last three seasons with the Oilers organization, bouncing back and forth between the parent club and its AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City. The latter stages of Eager’s time in Edmonton were marred by a concussion suffered during a fight with Vancouver’s Zack Kassian.

A big, physical player that had disciplinary issues, Eager’s time in the NHL was marred by a Toronto-area bar fight in 2012, which saw him slapped with aggravated assault charges. This came after the Oilers fined him $13,000 for smashing a penalty box video camera, and that came after he was suspended four games fora sucker punch on then-Leafs forward Colby Armstrong in 2011.

Interestingly enough, this marks the fourth Oiler to leave the team for the KHL (though to be clear, Eager was a UFA on July 1 and unlikely to be re-signed). The others include Philip Larsen, Roman Horak and Anton Belov.


  1. no - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    lol see ya

    guy is an idiot

  2. 950003cups - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Had no idea the guy was nuts. I thought he was a decent player cause I heard his name a lot. Now I know why I heard it. I never actually paid attention to what they were saying on NHLN

  3. lowenni - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Funny to see all these Oilers bolting to the KHL, but don’t really understand this one. Eager isn’t fast enough for international ice and will probably make even less of an impact there as he did here.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      You can make great money overseas if you played D1 college; having pro teams on your resume only helps with international contracts.

  4. nj666 - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Get ready to be taken advantage of by corrupt team owners…

  5. esracerx46 - Jun 18, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    As sad as it is. I think Eager might have some mental health issues that we dont know about.

  6. r8rbhawk - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    This guy scored a game winning goal in the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals if you can believe it. Now he is off to Russia…

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