Patrick Eaves Re-Signs with Anaheim Ducks on 3-Year Contract

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2017

Anaheim Ducks' Patrick Eaves moves the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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After being traded to the Anaheim Ducks in the middle of last season, Patrick Eaves has extended his stay with the team after agreeing to a new deal. 

The Ducks announced Eaves' contract is for three years, keeping him with the team through 2019-20. TSN Hockey's Pierre LeBrun reported the average annual value of Eaves' contract is $3.1 million. 

The 33-year-old Eaves has been well traveled throughout his career, having played for six different teams in his first 12 seasons. He was traded to the Ducks in February after spending more than two seasons with the Dallas Stars

Eaves did help shore up Anaheim's offensive output. He set a career high with 32 goals in 79 games, three more than he had in the previous five seasons combined. 

Jared Clinton of the Hockey News did note other ways in which Eaves can impact the game beyond scoring goals for his new team:

"Unlike many of the fill-in players the Ducks have used to form a top line or bolster their top six, Eaves offers the ability to play from both sides of the ice and up and down the lineup. He's equally sound at left and right wing, and that's a skill that not every player has. In that sense, he's an even better fit for the Ducks. If the lines need to be put in the blender, coach Randy Carlyle knows he can throw Eaves on either wing and make things work."

The postseason was a different story, as Eaves missed four games in the Western Conference semifinals against the Edmonton Oilers and all of the Western Conference Finals against the Nashville Predators because of a lower-body injury. 

During the 2016-17 season, Eaves was one of the NHL's best bargains. He signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Stars in the offseason.

Eaves was able to cash in thanks to his career season. The Ducks know him well, and he will continue to boost their goal-scoring output.

Duplicating the 32 goals he had last season may be unrealistic based on the results from before 2016-17, but an aggressive offensive player who can contribute 15 to 20 goals with the ability to play multiple positions will always be put in a position to succeed.