Saturday, January 8, 2011

Ben Eager Suspended and Trade/Signing Updates (Updated. Yes, I Know That's Redundant)

Ben Eager of the Atlanta Thrashers has been suspended for four games after sucker punching Toronto Maple Leafs winger Colby Armstrong during Friday night's game. Toronto went on to dismantled the Thrashers 9-3.

(I have Pavelec on my fantasy team and when I saw he was playing the Leafs, I laughed and expected a big performance out of him. He was in net for all nine Leaf goals. Karma was against me.)

Eager will forfeit a total of $20,752.68 in salary. As per normal, the money will go toward the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund. He will be able to return to the Thrasher lineup on January 20 against the Lightning.

Now for some trade and signing updates per ESPN's Pierre LeBrun:

-Word on the street is that Jack Johnson will sign a multiyear extension with the Kings. It could be announced as early as Sunday or Monday. Expect the deal to be six or seven years long and pay Johnson anywhere from $4-4.5 million per year. Good move by L.A.

This just in-
Jack Johnson has officially signed an extension with the Kings. The L.A. Kings Insider confirmed that Johnson has signed a seven year deal with L.A. Starting next season, Johnson will make $3.5 million for the next three years and then $5 million for the last four, an average cap hit of $4.3 million.

-Speaking of the Kings, if you bought a Jarome Iginla Kings jersey in response to the "Iginla to the Kings rumors", you've been ripped off. Interim GM Jay Feaster of the Flames said that Iggy will not be traded.

-Mason Raymond is not on the trading block either. Supposedly the Canucks wanted to ship him in order to create some cap space, but that turned out to be have as much merit as Kyle Wellwood's promise to get in shape.

-After Blue Jackets d-man Mike Commodore cleared waivers, GM Scott Howson stated that he is planning on trying to trade Commodore. (He is signed through the 2012-13 season with a cap hit of $3.75 million.) If Howson is unable to arrange anything, Commodore will be assigned to the AHL.

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