God, that was a clunky title. Anywho, apparently the San Jose Sharks REALLY want forwards of marginal value from my two favorite teams. The Sharks have both claimed Kyle Wellwood from St. Louis and have traded with Atlanta for Ben Eager. Wellwood was signed finally by St. Louis yesterday to a one year, two way contract worth $650,000. The Blues are trying to keep from using AHL talent by replacing it with talent that wasn't even good enough for the KHL. I think I'd rather have the AHL talent, because they can at least learn and grow, and not in the way that people expect Wellwood to grow. The downside is that Schnucks no longer has a ready audience for the stale gooey butter cakes that they were planning on donating to the "Feed Kyle" fund.
In a move for some more grit, or more stupid penalties and a guy that half the locker room will ignore, the Sharks traded a fifth round draft pick for Ben Eager. Eager, if you mighht remember, has recently been suspended for four games because he wanted to punch annoying forward Colby Armstrong in the beak with his glove on and his stick in his hand. Toronto then scored four goals on the five minute power play. He had been a healthy and then injured scratch before that moment of derp, and did not fit into the Craig Ramsay model of intelligent hockey. This will give improving forward Niclas Bergfors a roster spot where he belongs, and also might give someone like Tim Stapleton a more regular job as the spare forward in the press box, depending on who gets sent down once Jim Slater and Freddy Modin come back from the IR.
The Blues are probably just as well off without Wellwood and the Thrashers are better off without Eager. So, yeah, thank you, San Jose. Let us all know how this works out for you.