San Jose Sharks acquire Wellwood and Eager

Finding themselves a point out of a playoff spot, the underachieving, San Jose Sharks were busy on Tuesday as they added some more scoring and depth up front by claiming former NHLer, Kyle Wellwood, off waivers. Originally Wellwood, who this season scored five goals and eight points in a 25 game stint with Mytishchi Atlant of the KHL, was signed on Monday by the St. Louis Blues; only to see him get claimed. Wellwood, who is 27, has played in 338 NHL games with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks. Besides scoring, Wellwood also presents a drastic upgrade in the face-off circle. “We didn’t give up anything off our team, so the addition just adds to the pool of players,” Sharks general manager, Doug Wilson, said. Also on Tuesday the Sharks acquired former 2010 Stanley Cup winner, Ben Eager. This 27 year-old, was traded last summer from the Chicago Blackhawks to the Atlanta Thrashers, where in 34 games he has scored three goals and 10 points. Eager has also played for the Philadelphia Flyers during his career, and brings some much needed sand paper, that the Sharks desperately need. “Ben Eager is a very engaged player,” Wilson said. “The best compliment I can give him is he is like a big Scott Nichol. He can play the game. He’s got speed and other teams are uncomfortable when he is out there. He’s pretty valuable. He’s gained valuable experience the last couple of years that can help our group.”

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