Eager has been waived. Photo courtesy Sportsnet West

Ben Eager Placed On Waivers

Ben Eager has been placed on waivers.

How’d this happen?

  • Mike Brown.  Brown was acquired a few weeks ago from the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Eager has been a healthy scratch for the last two.  With Mike Brown willing to fight, it makes Eager’s presence on the roster obsolete.
  • Eager hasn’t been himself since suffering a concussion in his fight with Zach Kassian back in the first game of the season. I’m not sure if Eager told the team that he’s not going to fight, or if he’s gunshy.  I don’t blame him really…
  • …but that’s a deciding factor on whether or not Ben Eager is going to have a job.  Ben Eager isn’t paid to score goals or make pretty passes.  He’s paid for physicality, and a tough guy who doesn’t fight (and doesn’t score) has a short shelf life.
  • Eager’s time on the ice isn’t what you’d describe as being overly successful.  In sixty minutes of play, the opposition averages nearly thirty-six more shots than the Oilers do.  That’s a tremendously ugly statistic.  Eager can skate pretty well, but does his money making with his physical work, and not by pumping pucks in the net.
  • Eager is on the second of a three year deal with a cap hit of 1.1 million.

The usuals – Eager has until noon tomorrow for a club to claim him.  If he goes unclaimed, he’ll be assigned to Oklahoma City.

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