Somewhere along the line, I missed the signing of forward Patrick Eaves in Anaheim, so I'll have to make up for it right now.
On Friday, Eaves re-signed with the Ducks, getting a new 3-year deal, worth $9.45 million in total, a $3.15 million cap hit per season.
Obviously, the Ducks were very pleased with the performance that they got after acquiring the veteran winger from the Dallas Stars at the trade deadline, to the point where a new deal was offered and they fully expect him to do much of the same for the next few seasons.
After the trade to the Ducks, Eaves played in 20 games, scoring 11 goals and 14 points, before suffering a leg injury, forcing him to miss the last 10 games of the playoffs, the time of year he was brought in to help the team with.
In the overall scope, however, the 33-year old veteran finished with 32 goals and 51 points in 72 games between Dallas and Anaheim, which had him ranked 85th among all forwards and with his goal-scoring prowess improved by the move to Anaheim, the prospect of a good season in 2018 is certainly there.
|Corey Perry||8.625||Hampus Lindholm||5.250||John Gibson||2.300|
|Ryan Getzlaf||8.250||Sami Vatanen||4.875||Dustin Tokarski||0.650|
|Ryan Kesler||6.875||Cam Fowler||4.000|
|Rickard Rakell||3.800||Brandon Montour||0.925|
|Jakob Silfverberg||3.750||Korbinian Holzer||0.900|
|Patrick Eaves||3.150||Shea Theodore||0.863|
|Andrew Cogliano||3.000||Josh Manson||0.825|
The Ducks also re-signed a fringe defenseman in Korbinian Holzer over the weekend, as they are starting to round out their roster. The 22-man group above is now coming in at $66.4 million, which includes their buyout totals and it leaves them about $8.6 million in cap space for the rest of the summer.
Anaheim doesn't have a lot of in-house work left to do, so they should be able to use most of that space for upgrades, if they so choose. There are still some young names on their current projected roster, which will likely be addressed, but their defense is already rounding into form.