Patrick Eaves (DAL):
There is a lot to like about the 32-year-old right winger.
To start, he’s on the top line with Jamie Benn and Cody Eakin while leading the Stars in goals (21) and third in points.
And for a team like the Anaheim Ducks that are over the cap, his $1 million cap hit is a welcome sign.
If he can produce like this with Jamie Benn, imagine what damage he could do with Ryan Getzlaf.
Eaves has been subject to injuries that sidelined him for a large chunk of past seasons, which explains why he’s cheap and have short-term deals.
But he’s maintained himself well this season, missing just one game. Which is a sign to me that he’s motivated to have a longer NHL career.
Especially when he becomes a UFA after this season.
Anaheim has nothing to lose. If the experiment works, there is no problem resigning him. If not, you can let him go without losing any sleep.