Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 08/04/09 at 06:20 PM ET
While most of us were busy haggling over Stillwoozi or Jason Williams or Mike Grier?
Tick Tock was digging deeper and so, as you’ll see, was George Malik.
The Detroit Red Wings signed free agent forward Patrick Eaves to a one-year contract on Tuesday, financial details were not disclosed.
Over his 74 games with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2008/09, the 25-year-old scored six goals with eight assists and a plus-7 rating. Eaves has played in 242 career NHL games and has score 45 goals and added 45 assists.
Ho-hum? Not according to Malik. And I’m not giving you his reaction from today. Oh, no.
He saw it coming. Like 9 days ago bitches.
I look at someone like the player the B’s are buying out in Patrick Eaves, a 25-year-old who made $1.4 million last season and will receive a buyout of $933,333.34 spread out over the next four seasons (he had two years remaining on his contract), as someone that the Red Wings might take a stab at if he’s willing to play for a highly discounted rate. The 5’11,” 190-lb. winger came into the league as a highly-heralded prospect for the Ottawa Senators, but he topped out at 20 goals during his first season and 34 points in his second, with his speed, skill, and forechecking producing very little since his trade to Carolina.
The Patrick Eaveses and Taylor Pyatts of the hockey world offer the kind of, “We’ll sign you to an entry-level deal if you do well in camp, and then we’ll see what you can do” punch that the Wings are looking for, with Dan Cleary serving as the best example of a player counted down and out of the NHL delivering on his promise, and Brent Sopel’s decision to turn down a contract from the Wings to head to Chicago and fade into the background as a non-playing millstone as the worst result.
Malik. Someone remind me why he’s not the Wings beat writer. That’d be something, eh?
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