Anaheim Ducks acquire F Patrick Eaves from Dallas Stars

By The Sports Xchange  |  Feb. 25, 2017 at 1:02 AM
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The Anaheim Ducks made a move to beef up their offense Friday, acquiring forward Patrick Eaves from the Dallas Stars.

Eaves is in the midst of a career season, tying for Dallas' team lead with 21 goals. Anaheim sent a conditional second-round pick to the Stars in exchange for Eaves.

The 32-year-old Eaves will be joining his sixth team. At the time of the trade, he was tied for fourth in the league with 11 power-play goals.

"Great friend. Good guy and teammate. He's a glue guy -- a guy that you can put on the power play, PK (penalty kill)," Ducks center Ryan Kesler said of Eaves. "When you can make a move to add to your team -- and not subtract anything, like we did today -- it's huge."

Eaves scored twice against Carolina on Feb. 11 to eclipse his previous career best of 20 goals established during his rookie season (2005-06) with the Ottawa Senators. His 37 points are also a career high.

"He's been able to put up offensive numbers with good players, and he can be a guy who can fit in with anybody," said Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle, who hopes Eaves will be in the lineup Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings.

A first-round draft pick of Ottawa in 2003, Eaves has notched 120 goals and 107 assists in 604 career games with the Senators (2005-08), Carolina (2008-09), Detroit (2009-14), Nashville (2013-14) and Dallas (2014-17)

Eaves had three goals and six points in nine playoff games last season for Dallas, which lost in the Western Conference semifinals.

If Anaheim advances to the conference finals this season and Eaves plays in at least 50 percent of the games in the first two rounds, Dallas will receive a first-round draft pick.

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