The Atlanta Thrashers re-signed restricted free agent forward Ben Eager on Wednesday, according to General Manager Rick Dudley.
Eager, 26, appeared in 60 games with the Chicago Blackhawks last season, earning 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) and a team-leading 120 penalty minutes. He added three points (one goal, two assists) in 18 post-season contests, while capturing the 2010 Stanley Cup Championship with the Blackhawks.
Eager has earned 52 points (27 goals, 25 assists) and 621 penalty minutes in 255 career NHL games with Chicago and Philadelphia. Eager has also posted five points (two goals, three assists) in 37 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Blackhawks and Flyers.
The newest Atlanta Thrasher, a 6-2, 230-pound left wing, tallied 35 points (13 goals, 22 assists) and 509 penalty minutes in 123 career AHL games with the Philadelphia Phantoms from 2003 to 2007. He collected three points (one goal, two assists) in 19 AHL playoff games and helped the Phantoms capture the 2005 Calder Cup Championship.
Prior to his professional career, Eager recorded 139 points (59 goals, 80 assists) in 243 career Ontario Hockey League games with the Oshawa Generals from 2000 to 2004. He also tallied four points (one goal, three assists) for Team Canada at the 2002 Under-18 World Junior Championship.