The 32-year-old had been in the middle of trade talks for a while now, what with the Stars taking calls from at least 10 teams regarding the player. Dallas tilted the scales with the conditional pick, which will become a first round draft pick if the Ducks make it to the Western Conference Final and if Eaves plays in at least 50 percent of the games.
That latter point is important because Eaves has missed 237 games due to injury since his sophomore season with the Ottawa Senators. He’s missed 63 games alone over the last two years in Dallas.
But the Ducks have been looking for depth on the wing and they found it in Eaves, who has 21 goals and 16 assists this season for a total of 37 points. He has a whopping 11 goals on the power play and a total of 16 points on the man advantage.
Anaheim’s power play has slipped to the middle of the pack in the NHL as of press time, so the Calgary native’s presence will make a difference. They’ve also tumbled to 20th overall offensively, with an average of just 2.56 goals per game.
“He’s been able to put up offensive numbers with good players and he can be a guy who can fit in with anybody,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.
Eaves has experience playing with Anaheim forward Ryan Kesler, having skated with him in 2004 when the United States won the World Junior Championship.
“It’ll be nice to see a face that I know right away,” Eaves said.
In 604 career games with the Senators, Carolina Hurricanes, Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators, and Stars, Eaves has put up 120 goals and 107 assists for a total of 227 points. He has 36 power play goals and a total of 55 power play points.