|Assets:||Had good hockey sense and on-ice awareness. Was defensively responsible and an excellent face-off man. Was also gritty and a good example for younger players.|
|Flaws:||Was undersized and a bit fragile, so injuries were a big factor here. Did not produce numbers in the NHL that matched those produced at lower levels.|
|Career Potential:||Versatile checking center.|
|7/15/2013||Signed with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (KHL).|
|7/04/2013||Contract bought out by the Edmonton Oilers.|
|7/04/2013||Placed on waivers by the Edmonton Oilers.|
|4/22/2013||Missed 13 games (groin).|
|3/26/2013||Groin, injured reserve.|
|3/23/2013||Missed 5 games (groin).|
|3/10/2013||Groin, injured reserve.|
|2/10/2013||Missed 3 games (foot injury).|
|2/04/2013||Foot injury, injured reserve.|
|1/21/2012||Missed 3 games (leg injury).|
|1/15/2012||Leg injury, day-to-day.|
|7/01/2011||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Edmonton Oilers to a three-year contract.|
|9/14/2010||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Phoenix Coyotes to a one-year contract.|
|3/03/2010||Acquired from the Minnesota Wild.|
|12/21/2009||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|12/23/2008||Missed 2 games (illness).|
|12/01/2008||Missed 2 games (undisclosed).|
|3/24/2008||Missed 7 games (leg injury).|
|3/09/2008||Leg injury, day-to-day.|
|7/03/2007||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Minnesota Wild to a three-year contract.|
|3/26/2007||Leg injury, day-to-day.|
|2/10/2007||Acquired from the Nashville Predators.|
|2/09/2007||Acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes.|
|9/29/2006||Acquired from the Los Angeles Kings.|
|7/19/2006||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Los Angeles Kings to a one-year contract.|
|4/03/2006||Missed 1 game (concussion).|
|3/16/2006||Missed 1 game (hyperextended elbow).|
|3/14/2006||Hyperextended elbow, day-to-day.|
|1/28/2006||Missed 13 games (groin).|
|12/31/2005||Groin, sidelined indefinitely.|
|12/29/2005||Groin, left Thursday's game.|
|12/26/2005||Missed 2 games (groin).|
|8/08/2005||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Los Angeles Kings to a one-year contract.|
|12/22/2004||NHL lockout: Signed with the HC Bolzano in Italian Serie A.|
|8/09/2004||Re-signed by the Los Angeles Kings to a one-year contract.|
|7/16/2004||Filed for salary arbitration.|
|6/30/2004||Los Angeles Kings tendered a qualifying offer.|
|3/16/2004||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|2/15/2003||Missed 14 games (strained back).|
|1/13/2003||Strained back, day-to-day.|
|1/09/2003||Missed 6 games (back injury).|
|12/28/2002||Back injury, day-to-day.|
|7/26/2002||Re-signed by the Los Angeles Kings to a two-year contract.|
|4/02/2002||Missed 29 games (sprained left wrist).|
|1/17/2002||Sprained left wrist, sidelined indefinitely.|
|8/01/2001||Re-signed by the Los Angeles Kings.|
|3/29/2001||Missed 2 games (shoulder injury).|
|3/26/2001||Shoulder injury, day-to-day.|
|3/03/2001||Missed 2 games (back spasms).|
|2/27/2001||Back spasms, day-to-day.|
|11/28/2000||Recalled from Lowell (AHL).|
|10/23/2000||Assigned to Lowell (AHL).|
|7/01/2011||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Edmonton Oilers.|
|9/14/2010||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Phoenix Coyotes.|
|3/03/2010||Minnesota Wild traded Eric Belanger to the Washington Capitals for a 2nd round selection in 2010.|
|7/03/2007||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Minnesota Wild.|
|2/10/2007||Nashville Predators traded Eric Belanger to the Atlanta Thrashers for Vitaly Vishnevski.|
|2/09/2007||Nashville Predators traded Josef Vasicek to the Carolina Hurricanes for Eric Belanger.|
|9/29/2006||Carolina Hurricanes traded Jack Johnson and Oleg Tverdovsky to the Los Angeles Kings for Tim Gleason and Eric Belanger.|
|6/22/1996||Drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 4th round (96th overall) in 1996.|
Eric Belanger retires from hockey | 09/25/2013 10:42 AM
NewsEric Belanger has announced his retirement from hockey.
Antti Makinen on Twitter
ImpactBelanger had his contract bought out by the Edmonton Oilers in the off-season and then signed a deal with Yekaterinburg of the KHL. But after going pointless in seven games, the 35-year-old decided enough was enough and has retired.
Eric Belanger signs with KHL squad | 07/15/2013 8:49 PM
NewsEric Belanger has signed a one-year contract with KHL Yekaterinburg.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter
ImpactBelanger became an unrestricted free agent after the Edmonton Oilers bought out the final campaign of his old contract. He had three points and 10 penalty minutes in 26 games last season.
Oilers begin buyout process for E. Belanger | 07/04/2013 12:32 PM
NewsEdmonton has put Eric Belanger on unconditional waivers with the purpose of buying out the remainder of his contract.
Ryan Rishaug on Twitter
ImpactHe has one year left on his contract and was set to earn $1.25 million next season. Belanger's buyout will erase his $1.75 million cap hit from the Oilers salary cap. The veteran center didn't score a goal and had only three assists in 26 appearances last campaign.
Belanger will return from groin injury Monday | 04/22/2013 2:45 PM
NewsEric Belanger (groin) will return to the Edmonton Oilers' lineup on Monday.
ImpactBelanger hasn't played since March 25. "I'm not going to lie, there's a little bit of worry about it but I'm feeling pretty good," Belanger said. "I've been skating for over a week and it's been feeling okay. I'm crossing my fingers but if I can go through a game, hopefully I can finish the year strong."
Eric Belanger (groin) is practicing | 04/12/2013 10:16 AM
NewsEric Belanger (groin) has started to practice with the Oilers.
ImpactIt remains to be seen when Belanger might be able to return. He has three assists in 23 games this season.
Oilers place Eric Belanger on IR again | 03/26/2013 1:19 PM
NewsEdmonton Oilers place Eric Belanger (groin) on injured reserve.
Oilers on Twitter
ImpactThe Oilers plan to recall someone from their AHL affiliate before tonight's game. Belanger re-injured his groin during the second period of Monday's game. It was just his second game back in the lineup since being activated from IR on Saturday.
Eric Belanger re-injures groin Monday | 03/26/2013 9:50 AM
NewsEric Belanger re-injured his groin during the second period Monday and did not return.
ImpactBelanger returned to action on Saturday and actually got in a game and a half before going on the shelf once again. The Oilers could call up a minor leaguer like Anton Lander for Tuesday's game. Stay tuned.
| 03/24/2013 2:48 AM
NewsEric Belanger was activated from the IL on Saturday March 23.
Eric Belanger leaves practice early Tuesday | 03/19/2013 1:49 PM
NewsEric Belanger (groin) left Tuesday's practice before the line rushes.
Oilers on Twitter
ImpactBelanger was expected to return to the lineup Wednesday but this definitely throws a monkey wrench into those plans. We'll have to update you as soon as we know more but it certainly appears as if Belanger's groin isn't ready for game action just yet.
Eric Belanger placed on IR with groin injury | 03/10/2013 4:25 PM
NewsEdmonton Oilers forward Eric Belanger went on the injured reserve with a groin injury.
Brian Hedger on Twitter
ImpactBelanger doesn't bring much to the table fantasy-wise, but he can be a helpful defensive forward for an Oilers team low on them. The team's getting three players back from injury on Sunday so it's not all bad for Edmonton.
Eric Belanger gets his 2nd assist of 2013 | 02/22/2013 11:55 AM
NewsEric Belanger recorded an assist on Thursday.
ImpactBelanger now has two points in 13 games in 2013. He missed eight days earlier this season due to a couple of broken toes.
| 02/11/2013 2:53 AM
NewsEric Belanger was activated from the IL on Sunday February 10.
Eric Belanger expected back Sunday | 02/10/2013 12:35 PM
NewsLook for Eric Belanger to be back in the Edmonton lineup for Sunday's game against the Blue Jackets.
Dustin Neilson on Twitter
ImpactThe Oilers have reportedly sent Chris VandeVelde back to Oklahoma City of the AHL, which is a pretty clear indication that the fourth line center's broken toes have healed enough for him to return.
Eric Belanger will probably return Sunday | 02/07/2013 10:57 AM
NewsEric Belanger (broken toes) is probable for Sunday's game.
ImpactBelanger will miss one more contest on Saturday. He was placed on the injured reserve list after breaking two toes on Feb. 2.
Eric Belanger has two broken toes | 02/05/2013 11:22 AM
NewsEric Belanger's foot injury is two broken toes.
ImpactBelanger sustained the injury during Saturday's game and he's on the injured reserve list. He will be sidelined for at least a week.
Oilers place Eric Belanger (foot) on IR | 02/04/2013 10:42 AM
NewsThe Edmonton Oilers have placed Eric Belanger on the injured reserve list after he suffered foot injury Saturday.
ImpactIt was a tough day for Belanger who also cut his arm while blocking a shot. He finished the game after being injured in the first period. He did not take his skate off as he knew his foot would swell up and he wouldn't be able to put it back on. In any case, Belanger is out of action for a bit of time.
|Goals||17||2 times-last: 2006-07 (Car/Atl)|
|Penalty Minutes||62||2005-06 (LA)|
|Power Play Goals||7||2007-08 (Min)|
|Shorthanded Goals||3||2002-03 (LA)|
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