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10-02-2013, 06:52 PM
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How much did you really watch him in the AHL last year? When it comes to Eager, I need to see a lot more to believe it. Coaches and the media can talk all they want about how he "impressed" in the AHL playoffs or how he is 20 lbs lighter this year and finally the Ben Eager we thought we signed has shown up but the fact is nothing changes with this guy.
Disappointed with your analysis of Brown. If anything, most of those attributes apply directly to Eager and his compete level, who you thought was ready to contribute this year. Mike Brown looks like he is willing to do anything to be apart of this team. He's far from perfect but the effort is there and he will block shots, fight out of his weight class, and get in on the forecheck (despite what you say) where Eager is continuously avoiding the role we need him to fill and keeps successfully playing his way off this team. Not a coincidence that he is once again on the waiver wire and not a coincidence that he will most likely go unclaimed.
If you disagree, recheck your game tape. The evidence is there.
We trade for Brown, Eager gets put on waivers and sent down to the AHL. Flash forward to this year and Mike Brown has once again made the Oilers and Ben Eager is on waivers yet again. That is what is called Mike Brown making Ben Eager expendable and for good reason.
Brown was more effective last night, but I think a large part of that was Gazdik. Brown tends to play a little better with other toughs. But I wonder how Eager would play with somebody like Gazdik. Eager never had much luxury here as far as being with other guys that could have his back out there. Brown likes this situation, so would Eager.
I do appreciate that you answered some questions because as I stated I don't see it, I'll look for Browns contributions but last year several games where he really became lackadaisical which I thought was very odd. Everything people are accussing Eager of I've seen Brown do. Several instances last year where Brown didn't respond when a skirmish was there, or required. Once the team started losing the energizer fell right off the map. He's supposed to the sparkplug when things aren't going right. That plug wasn't firing.
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