Eager signs with Oilers, Mayers to Chicago


Eager signs with Oilers, Mayers to Chicago

CSNBayArea.com staff

Physical Sharks forward Ben Eager has has agreed to a three-year contract worth 3.3 million with the Edmonton Oilers in a deal first reported by a Canadian television network.

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area's Scott Reiss confirmed the news Friday morning.

Additionally, it was confirmed that Sharks fourth-line forward Jamal Mayers has signed with Chicago. He signed a one-year deal. He had three goals and 11 assists in 78 games with San Jose in 2011-11.

Eager scored seven goals and recorded 17 points last season. The Sharks traded for him in January, sending Atlanta a fifth-round draft pick. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder appeared in 10 postseason games for the Sharks.

In 323 NHL games Eager has compiled 34 goals, 69 points and 741 penalty minutes.

He may well be remembered by Sharks fans for a disastrous Western Conference Final Game 2, when he spent a total of 20 minutes in the penalty box.

Most notably, his hit from behind on Daniel Sedin, for which he received a two-minute boarding penalty, seemed to spark the Canucks.

He also appeared to taunt Vancouver goalie Robert Luongo after scoring a meaningless goal late in San Jose's 7-3 defeat.

Sharks' Couture has surgical procedure on his ankle


Sharks' Couture has surgical procedure on his ankle

SAN JOSE – Logan Couture underwent what appears to be minor surgical procedure on Saturday, but could play in the Sharks’ home game with Ottawa on Wednesday.

Couture, who suffered a fractured fibula at the ankle on Oct. 15, 2015 that required surgery, had one of six screws removed after it started bothering him during a game in Tampa Bay on Nov. 12, 2016.

“It was irritating when I put my skate on,” he said. “It wasn’t anything structural, it was just from having the skate on that area and irritation was building up. Figured we had a little break here and could take it out, and hopefully it feels better.”

Couture said the procedure took approximately 10 minutes, and he was “in and out of the hospital within a couple hours.” It was performed by Sharks team physician Dr. Mark Davies, the chief of orthopedic surgery at Kaiser San Jose.

The 28-year-old center, who has eight points (6g, 2a) in his last nine games, has not skated since Friday’s game against Montreal, taking Monday and Tuesday off from practice.

“I tried to put my skate on today and it just was still a little sore,” he said. “We’ll see in the next couple weeks. I’m sure it’s going to feel a lot better once it settles down, but it should be good to go tomorrow.”

Couture missed 23 games when he was originally injured in an off-day practice early last season in Newark, NJ.

Former Heisman winner Rashaan Salaam dies at 42 years old


Former Heisman winner Rashaan Salaam dies at 42 years old

BOULDER, Colo. — Authorities say 1994 Heisman winner Rashaan Salaam has been found dead in a Colorado park.

The Boulder County coroner's office said Tuesday that it was still investigating the cause of the death of the 42-year-old Salaam.

The body of the one-time running back was found Monday at Eben G. Fine Park in Boulder.

Salaam led Colorado to one of its best seasons in 1994, when the Buffaloes went 11-1.

He had a terrific rookie season with the Chicago Bears in 1995, rushing for 1,074 yards and 10 touchdowns.

But he only scored three times in the next two years and he played his last game in 1999 with the Cleveland Browns.