| Sharks acquire Eager &
Nichol suspended 4 games
Sharks General Manager got a jump on the NHL trade
deadline by acquiring Atlanta Thrashers forward Ben Eager on Monday morning and
added forward Kyle Wellwood off waivers. Wilson continued his attempts at
assembling his own version of last year's Stanley Cup winning Chicago
Blackhawks roster with the acquisition of Eager. The forward helped the
Blackhawks knock the Sharks out of the playoffs last season.
one of the Blackhawks salary cap casualties in the off-season, and was sent to
Atlanta along with Dustin Byfuglien. The 27 year-old journeyman forward has
also played for Philadelphia. Acquired for his ability to mix thing up with
opposing players, Eager has recorded 62 points (30 goals, 32 assists) and 698
penalty minutes in 289 career NHL games.
He had a goal and two assists
during the Blackhawks Stanley Cup run last season.
Wellwood was waived
by the Mytishchi Atlanti of the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia last week
after scoring five goals and three assists in 25 games.
property of the Vancouver Canucks last season, where he scored 14 goals in 75
The acquisitions are curious ones in that the Sharks troubles
this season can largely be attributed to their blueline. San Jose also
activated defenseman John McCarthy off the injured reserve, which will provide
some relief, but San Jose is still in search of a bona-fide number two
Dan Boyle's penchant for offensive hockey still leaves the
backline devoid of a solid stopper.
To make room for the three additions, San Jose
returned forwards Andrew Desjardins, Brandon Mashinter and defenseman Justin
Braun to the Worcester.
The sharks will also be without Scott Nichol's
services for four game, after he was suspended for his hit on Phoenix Coyote
David Schlemko on Monday. Nichol leveled Schlemko with an elbow to the head.
Schlemko had his bell rung, but continued to play.
It was the sixth
suspension for Nichol in his 10-year career and second for the Sharks this
season. Joe Thornton was also suspended for a head shot on St Louis Blues
forward David Perron.
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