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Friday, at best, for Eager's return
By Tim Sassone | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 11/5/2009 12:02 AM

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GLENDALE, Ariz. - Ben Eager's comeback from a concussion won't happen tonight against the Coyotes.

Eager, who has missed the last 11 games, said he needs another day or two before he is ready to jump back into the lineup. It could happen Friday at Colorado.

"I just want to get in better shape skating-wise," Eager said Wednesday after practice. "My legs are still a little heavy. As much as you want to get back you need a good week of practice. I was off the ice for more than three weeks."

Eager only started practicing again on Sunday and Tuesday was a day off for the team.

"We're still making sure everything is fine and he's ready to go," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "Benny's really close, I think just a matter of days."

With Eager not available tonight and Jonathan Toews a game-day decision after he skated for the first time in two weeks Wednesday, defenseman Jordan Hendry would play left wing again if needed.

Hendry has been used at wing of late with the Hawks deciding against recalling a player from Rockford.

"It's not a money thing," general manager Stan Bowman said. "It's hard when guys don't play and he (Hendry) hadn't played for a while there to start the season. We want get everyone in the lineup and that was the best way to do it. It's really an opportunity to get him in there and not sit out."

Nothing to it: Toronto GM Brian Burke denied an Internet report claiming the Hawks and Maple Leafs were close to a trade that would send defenseman Tomas Kaberle to Chicago.

"No legs," Burke said of the report to the Toronto Sun. "Have never discussed Kaberle with either team (the Hawks or Carolina)."

Kaberle has a no-trade clause he would need to waive and his agent, Rick Curran, told the Toronto Sun nobody has come to him about it.

The Leafs are 1-7-5 and looking to shake up the roster.

"We have not been approached at all," Curran said. "Tomas has made his decision to remain a Leaf and his feelings have not changed."

Tip-ins: While the power play continues to struggle at 2-for-26, Joel Quenneville likes what he has seen from Tomas Kopecky playing in front of the net on the second unit - The now NHL-owned Coyotes, who drew just 5,855 for Monday's game against Los Angeles, are selling tickets on Thursday's for $30 that includes all-you-can eat at the concession stands -

Team Canada will announce its 23-man Olympic roster on New Year's Eve while Team USA unveils its team on New Year's Day during NBC's telecast of the Winter Classic between Boston and Philadelphia from Fenway Park.