Edmonton Oilers signed L Ben Eager to a three year contract today. The cap hit is $1.1M times 3.

Eager is a LW, 6.02, 230 and scored 7-10 with 120 pims a year ago for San Jose. The raise is very slight, the term was probably the most appealing part of the deal for Eager.

LW is now full for the Oilers: Hall, Smyth, MP, Eager. The team could move Paajarvi to RW, but that would crowd that position with Hemsky, Eberle, Omark and Jones already there.

The Oilers entered draft week with the following shopping list:

  • A veteran winger to help with PK/PP and guide the kids at evens.
  • Truculence.
  • A veteran NHL defensemen.
  • A faceoff man to help with PK and to balance the C position.
  • A legit option for the moment when goaltending becomes an issue.

Eager should be considered a legit upgrade over JF Jacques on the depth chart. More later.

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