Earlier on Friday, Oilers centre Mark Arcobello was sent down to Oklahoma City but it was a move they had to make because of the roster situation, needing to call up a defenceman in Oscar Klefbom.
"We had made a decision that going against San Jose we were going to go with certain match-ups. They have a real heaviness to their team and we wanted to get some larger players in our lineup. The way the match-ups were going to go, with the three lines that we were going to run fairly heavily, Arco didn't fit into the fourth line that we were going to put together."
Arcobello is tied for third in the team with 12 points in 20 games this season.
"I let him know yesterday," Eakins continued. "It was a good news / bad news day for him. I asked him which one he wanted first. The good news is that we let him know that he could get a place to live here. He was able to do that. The bad news was that he wasn't going to play against San Jose."
With Bryzgalov in Oklahoma City but on a conditoning stint, he took up a roster spot so the team was at the maximum 23 and needed to make a move in order to call up Klefbom.
"Obviously, there was a lot of talk about the transaction today. We had a defenceman that came in out of nowhere with an injury that could have kept him out of the game. Ended up not missing the game but we had to scramble to get a roster spot to get a guy up here to possibly make it for the game. (Klefbom) couldn't quite get here in time but we were able to send down Arcobello without clearing waivers."