TSN has confirmed that Mike Brown has been traded to the San Jose Sharks for a 4th round pick in next year’s draft. Lowetide and Joanne Ireland are reporting that Ben Eager is on his way to Montreal to join the club.
With Tyler Pitlick recalled, the Oilers seem to be craving a little more offence from their fourth line. While Luke Gazdic has proven to be a decent pugilist for the Oilers, Brown had become redundant, and added no scoring punch. With 1 goal and no assists in 35 games with Edmonton, an upgrade was needed. Ben Eager is a bigger body, can skate fast and has some offensive upside.
With Sam Gagner returning soon, it might mean finding more suitable linemates for Marc Arcobello. He is almost surely a keeper and will likely push Will Acton back to the AHL It is possible a trade is imminent, but it is more reasonable to assume this is a remake of the fourth line to suit the skill set of Arcobello. Imagine a fourth line of Eager-Arcobello-Jones/Gazdic. That line should easily play 8-10 minutes, double what the current line is playing.
Of course, there is a possibility that this is a piece of a more expansive response to a poor prognosis for Taylor Hall, but we have yet to receive word on his status. In other news, however, Taylor Fedun has been called up as well. Keep logged in to Oil On Whyte for all the latest news!