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Detroit puts Eaves on waivers

Nov 14, 2013, 12:28 PM EDT

Patrick Eaves #17 of the Detroit Red Wings looks as he awaits a face off against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on January 10, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Red Wings 5-4. Getty Images

In a somewhat surprising move, the Red Wings waived veteran forward Patrick Eaves onThursday.

Eaves, 29, only recently returned to the Detroit lineup after missing most of the season on LTIR with ankle and knee issues.

His last game came on Nov. 9 — a 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay — in which he played a season-high 11:43 while recording two shots on goal.

Eaves, who has been with the Detroit organization since 2009, is in the final year of a three-year, $3.6 million deal. The Wings have been cap-strapped throughout the year and has a glut of forwards under contract, and already placed Jordin Tootoo on waivers last week.

According to reporters in Detroit, news of being waived caught Eaves off guard, though he did say it was the “nature of the business.”

  1. wingsfan97 - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Yes!!!

  2. wingsfan97 - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Hopefully Samuelson is next

    • hockeydon10 - Nov 14, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      I thought he had a full No Movement clause.

  3. timmmah10 - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Unfortunately, there’s too many younger cheaper NHL ready-ish forwards in GR that are a better fit for this team right now. Eaves will be snatched up quick on waivers. Easy way to clear cap quickly. Sammy or Franzen should have been amnestied. Nobody is going to take on either’s salary if waived.

    It’s time for a real transition for this team. They aren’t cup contenders with their current roster. Their Defense is young and lacking speed. Offense is aging in Z and Dats and now Alfredsson. Holland should be working out some trades to get younger offensive talent from some more competitive teams.

    I love Datsyuk. I am a huge fan of his complete game and his ability to be a threat while shutting down opposing teams best lines, but at 36, I would move him. It would be very unpopular, I’m aware, but you’re not going to get top talent back for anyone else (IMO). Being competitive isn’t good enough, and continuing a playoff streak isn’t nearly as important as creating a championship team.

    I have a feeling there’s going to be a lot of shocking moves from this team in the next calendar year.

    • fusionix7 - Nov 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      They aren’t cup contenders? Pretty sure they took the eventual champion Blackhawks to seven games last year with a very similar roster.

      Why would Holland trade for younger offensive talent when he has a plethora of it sitting in Grand Rapids?

      Datsyuk isn’t going anywhere. To even suggest that is ridiculous.

    • datsyukdominates - Nov 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      I’m going to let the multiple “thumbs down” comments do the majority of talking, but thinking about trading one of the top 3 players in the league (at age 36 when you just signed him to a multi-year deal) is one of the dumbest comments I’ve ever read. Not to mention he has a full no movement clause, good luck with that. Perhaps the problem isn’t Datsyuk, but the fact that the general manager decided to sign a player (Weiss) to a 5 year, 4.9 mil deal when he was unproven, coming off of a major wrist injury? Or maybe it was his decision to sign Dan Cleary to a contract, thus relegating Nyquist to another dreaded year in the minors? Maybe it was the idiotic signing of Mikael Sammuelson to a $3mil, 2 year (at 35+ year old vet contract) deal when he was obviously injury prone and well past his prime?

      So yeah, maybe you’re right. Trade one of the best players (maybe THE best two way player). I’m sure that’d work out really well….

    • storminator16 - Nov 14, 2013 at 3:17 PM

      Eaves will easily make it through waivers. Easily.

      • timmmah10 - Nov 14, 2013 at 3:31 PM

        I’m aware of Holland’s terrible moves. 20+mil off the books after this season. I’m merely saying that this team is not going anywhere this year. You don’t get bonus points, IMO, for going 7 games and losing.

        As a Wings fan, I would make a bet they don’t get past the second round this year, if they get that far.

        Their defense is brutal. Take Saturday’s TB game. I don’t know how you give Stamkos three open shots from the circle on transition. They are lucky he only buried 1 of those last week.

        They are struggling scoring, AGAIN, and in the process aren’t playing well defensively? They would get murdered by the Blackhawks this year.

    • aerowings7 - Nov 14, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      Moving Datsyuk would be like trading Yzerman or Shanahan back in ’02. Not only is Datsyuk on pace for a killer year points wise, but he’s the backbone of the Wings’ offense. He plays an amazing two-way game and his skill makes up for any signs he may show of aging. I liken him to a younger Larionov; he leads by example and inspires those around him to play better. When Pav hits 40 he’ll be a very capable 3rd or 4th line Center and will still manage a “Datsyukian Deke” occasionally. How can you suggest trading the “Magic Man” ?!

  4. 3yardsandacloud - Nov 14, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    I’m surprised by the Eaves move. I thought if they wanted to make a real change, they should have amnestied Samuelson or Bertuzzi. If you can get Eaves healthy, he would be a plus on this team. This has been the Wings problem for some time though. They are too loyal to the mid-level guys that can be replaced. Cleary has no reason to be on this team. They should have let him go to philly. Bertuzzi, Samuelson, and Franzen should all be moved, one way or another.

    Perhaps the thinking is the recent injuries will leave Eaves unclaimed and they will be able to keep him in the system for when he recovers fully. I think the time has arrived to ship Franzen to anywhere else. He isn’t a star and he’s eating too much cap. I’m sure Toronto would be happy to pay another guy far more than he’s worth. Weiss has to get going. Maybe he needs some time on a first line type pairing with maybe Z and Alfie?

    • hockeydon10 - Nov 14, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      Bert’s doing ok for his cap hit.

      Sammuelsson was injured so they couldn’t amnesty him. I’d bet a box of donuts they wanted to.

      Cleary is really only valuable for his playoff grit.

      Franzen produces right in the same range as other $4M cap hit players (around .5 PPG). He’s no better than that and his cap hit reflects it. He got hot a couple times, but that was the anomaly. The Franzen that runs hot and cold like we see all the time is not the anomaly, that’s his baseline. (Go check the 20 closest players to his cap hit, 10 above and 10 below, and you’ll see some better players, but more worse players than he is.)

      • 3yardsandacloud - Nov 14, 2013 at 5:13 PM

        Bert is old and slow.

        Touche on Samuelson

        Cleary isn’t valuable for anything if he can’t play. He’s been terrible this season and while he had a nice playoff last year, you pay for future value, not past performance. When you get away from doing that, is when things tend to go the other way. They didn’t want him back and for whatever reason they decided to give him a pity contract to return. I’d rather he was in Philly.

        I agree Franzen is hot/cold, but I think he’s had plenty of opportunities to get it right and step up. I’m tired of his play. I’m tired of his streakiness. I would much rather have a consistent guy bringing it every night than Franzen that looks like he’s day dreaming up and down the ice. Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Franzen isn’t enough to match what other teams have. That’s why they added Weiss and Alfie, and that’s why they should move Franzen and let Nyquist, Tatar, or any other able-bodied young guy play up a line and improve during the year. We have too much talent in the minors to waste more of Z’s and Dats’ time waiting for Franzen to actually help bring the cup home.

  5. flyman2 - Nov 14, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    “Re-signing Dan Cleary was a great move!”
    -No Red Wing fan ever

  6. aerowings7 - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    @3yardsandacloud, I agree with everything in your last comment except for your shot against Bertuzzi. 5 goals so far in the season isn’t bad for a guy who’s job is to muck up the crease for the opposing goalie. Sure, you can say that they were garbage goals, or that they were a result of being on the top line. But he has actually looked pretty agile for a guy in his role, and is a beast when it comes to hanging on to the puck down low.

    I’m not sure who you’d prefer to take his spot (maybe Abdelkator), but Bert is doing the job that Franzen should be doing. Also, I think while everybody’s so worried about offensive production, the biggest issue is Detroit’s defense. Every game I watch, the Wings look like they’re always on the PK or one of their d-men stopped to tie his skates. I really hope Ericsson returns tomorrow with at least the effort he left off with, he was starting to show a sliver of promise.

    • 3yardsandacloud - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      I don’t think you’re far off, I just mean to say that keeping guys like Bertuzzi, who are obviously on the last legs of their career is prohibitive from letting guys like Nyquist come up. Tatar/Nyquist/Abdelkader all need to have solid, permanent roles on the roster. Abdelkader made huge strides last year playing on the top lines and I believe Nyquist and Tatar will do the same.

      You also have guys like Jurco/Pulkinen etc that aren’t NHL ready, but could be given 4th line shots. (Where did Anderson come from). I feel like we’ve been stuck with a cycle of a couple young guys (Z and Dats) on an old team, where now Z and Dats are becoming the old guys and we only have a couple of young forwards that are being pushed into the NHL lineup.

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