Eager signs with Oilers, Mayers to Chicago

Eager signs with Oilers, Mayers to Chicago
July 1, 2011, 5:37 pm
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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.