Patrick Eaves has been traded
The Dallas Stars traded forward Patrick Eaves to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a conditional second-round pick. If Eaves plays 50% or more of the Ducks’ games and they can reach the conference finals, the pick will be changed to an Anaheim first round pick in 2017.
Patrick Eaves was having a career year for himself in Dallas, with his 21 goals on the season, with 11 coming on the power play. Eaves has the second most goals scored on the Ducks, behind only Rickard Rakell. His depth scoring ability combined with his low cap hit of just $1 million made him an attractive asset for the Ducks to acquire. The 32-year-old is on the final year of his contract and will likely be a playoff-run-rental for Anaheim.
This is a move showing the Ducks are going for it, now. With Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry certainly not getting any younger, the teams days as a contender in this league are numbered. This coming year’s draft class has proven to be on the weaker side so they will not be too upset if they end up losing a first round pick. Their inability to score goals at times will be aided by Eaves, and he adds scoring depth on likely their second power play unit.
The Stars, on the other hand, understand Eaves’ high-scoring season is likely a fluke which came from playing with the likes of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin on the power play and milked it for all it’s worth. The Stars should be very happy with a second-round pick in exchange for an aging bottom six player and they should be ecstatic if they end up with a first round pick.
This trade will also make Martin Hanzal and Brian Boyle high priority targets for teams looking for some scoring depth, as they are pending UFA’s and with Eaves off the market, there’s less and less of that left every day.