I was ecstatic when the Oilers went out and signed Ben Eager. I love his gritty and the feisty game style he brings to the table. Unfortunately things started badly here after a concussion and it took a while for Eager to get back on track. But, he's a solid player who doesn't mind going out to get a hit of mixing it up.
I think that the coaching staff has problems utilizing his special set of skills, which is too bad because he can really get under other players skins. His track record speaks for itself. I became a lifelong fan after seeing him play, when he is on track and running around he is a load to handle.
Detroit was the latest team to find this out. I don't mind players sending messages. So when Commodore and Eager fought I didn't mind seeing him keep punching until the officials got in. This was of course just after Kronwall took liberties with an elbow on a head down Ales Hemsky. Kronwall went unpunished by former Red Wing Brendan Shanahan.
Eager kept mixing it up with the Wings. His chirping from the penalty box to a Red Wings player was fantastic. With some lip reading it looks like he said "you're a f%cking p^ussy." I love the gamesmanship and the rough edges of a player like that.
I want to see more of Eager doing this I believe he needs to play more and more of a regular shift.
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