Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Ben Eager for Jim Vandermeer

The Blackhawks and Flyers swapped a rugged pair of players today. Philadelphia sent Ben Eager to Chicago for Jim Vandermeer.

Eager, who led the league last year in fighting majors, hasn't been quite so productive this year. The 23 year-old has 0 point and is a -8. Although I think the trade may have had more to do with his inability to generate offense, Eager's fate may have been sealed when the tough guy was beat up (or down) by 38 year-old Penguin Gary Roberts last week. Eager was able to pick up his first point of the season tonight, an assist, in Chicago's game against Nashville.

Vandermeer returns to Philadelphia where he was originally signed in 2000 and spent a few seasons playing for the Phantoms in the AHL. Hopefully this will light a spark under the once willing defenseman. Vandermeer has seen his fight totals drop each year since he came into the league in 05-06.

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