Friday, February 24, 2017

NHL trade review: Patrick Eaves to Ducks

  The Anaheim Ducks have acquired RW Patrick Eaves from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a conditional second round pick in the 2017 NHL draft. The condition is if the Ducks reach the Western conference finals, and Eaves plays in 50% or more of the games in the first two rounds, then the Stars will receive the Ducks' first round pick instead of their second. Let's get into details.
       The Ducks are in the playoff race in the Western conference. They have 74 points (a record of 32-20-10), good enough for third in the Pacific division. Getting a guy like Eaves, who can be a UFA on July 1, can be a solid rental player. Although he was waived twice and was signed to one year deals in consecutive years, Eaves is having a career year alongside stars Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin in Dallas. Eaves, 32, has 37 points (21 goals and 16 assists), a -10 rating on a terrible Stars team, and 16 PIM in 59 games this season. He's played for the Ottawa Senators, Carolina Hurricanes, Detroit Red Wings and the Nashville Predators earlier in his career. The biggest thing about him that makes teams want him is his cap hit. For a guy with 20+ goals, Eaves has a very small cap hit of just $1 million, a steal. He can play with Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Rickard Rakell or Ryan Kesler in Anaheim.
         The Stars were the best team in the Western conference last season. But goalie problems have set them back this year. They are 10 points out of the second wild card spot with 56 points (a record of 23-27-10). GM Jim Nill did a great job to get a draft pick in the first 2 rounds for Eaves. They are officially sellers, and a guy like Johnny Oduya could be the next one to go.

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