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Sharks acquire Eager & Wellwood
Nichol suspended 4 games
1/17/10 - By Mike Lee -

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.

Eager was 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.

He was property of the Vancouver Canucks last season, where he scored 14 goals in 75 games.

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 blueliner.

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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