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Patrick Eaves clears waivers, will head to Grand Rapids

Updated 2x: Both Eaves and Glendening have been assigned to GR: This isn't all that surprising given how many teams are close to the cap. Patrick Eaves wasn't claimed on waivers, so the Red Wings have assigned him to Grand Rapids:

The Red Wings confirm:

Khan confirms in text form:

Detroit Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves cleared waivers today at noon and was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

The move was made to clear salary-cap space for defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, who returns to the lineup tonight against the Washington Capitals.

The Red Wings will get $925,000 in cap relief for sending down Eaves, who is in the final year of his contract at $1.2 million.

Eaves has appeared in only three games this season (no points, minus-2). He missed the first three weeks of the regular season after getting injured (knee, ankle) during practice on Sept. 19.

Update #2: From the Wings:

RED WINGS ASSIGN PATRICK EAVES AND LUKE GLENDENING TO GRIFFINS
    … Eaves Joins Griffins After Clearing Waivers on Friday …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned right wing Patrick Eaves and center Luke Glendening to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins

Eaves, 29, has played in three games with the Red Wings this season, averaging 9:14 of ice time and recording four shots on goal after recovering from a knee injury suffered in the preseason. The Calgary, Alberta, native has appeared in 175 games with Detroit since 2009, tallying 51 points (27-24-51) and 46 penalty minutes. In 417 career NHL games with Ottawa, Carolina and Detroit, the 6-foot, 187-lb., forward has 141 points (72-69-141) and 145 penalty minutes. Eaves has also picked up 13 points (6-7-13) in 67 NHL postseason games. Originally a first-round selection (29th overall) of Ottawa in 2003, Eaves has played 18 career AHL games, all with the Binghamton Senators. He recorded 13 points (5-8-13) with Binghamton in 2005-06.

Glendening, 24, has played eight games with the Red Wings this season, registering two penalty minutes and eight shots on goal, while averaging 9:28 of ice time. A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., Glendening has appeared in 59 career games with the Griffins, notching 32 points (11-21-32), a plus-19 rating and 64 penalty minutes. The 5-foot-11, 195-lb., forward helped Grand Rapids to a Calder Cup championship in 2012-13, recording 16 points (6-10-16) in 24 postseason games.

Update #3: Capgeek explains all!

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moocat's avatar

Yes! sort of…I’m sick of hearing Babcock pump his tires and then not use him, but I love Eaves and want him to stay and this might allow that to happen;

Still it sucks for him. Here’s hoping he can work his way back up and into a regular roster spot. (assuming he still doesn’t get traded of course, IE part of a package)

Posted by moocat on 11/15/13 at 01:12 PM ET

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I think Babs sits him bc he needs to make KH look good with Sami…..that’s my reasoning anyway…

Posted by gowings from MTL on 11/15/13 at 01:14 PM ET

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This isn’t all that surprising given how many teams are close to the cap. Patrick Eaves wasn’t claimed on waivers…

Sure seems to me that his skill set and modest $1.2M cap hit would have landed him a job somewhere. Maybe his past concussion issues played a part in him clearing.

While I’m glad he’s still in the organ-I-zation, I feel bad for Patty. He’s a classy guy, someone I’d much rather see on the team than Cleary.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 11/15/13 at 01:17 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

At this point there are just so many teams close to the cap that even $1.2 million is a “lot of money.” I’m sorry he didn’t get claimed.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 11/15/13 at 01:20 PM ET

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Signing Cleary made all of this possible….

Posted by @TheJimP19 from transplanted in Nashville on 11/15/13 at 01:29 PM ET

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Eaves was playing less than Sammy, who is either hurt or done or both.  Says all you need to know about where Eaves is right now.  I don’t know if he’s got enough left to get a spot on another NHL club, but it’s obvious he didn’t have enough to get one here.

Eaves always struck me as a player who was around 3% away from being a good top 6’er and making 30 mil over his career.  Just a little faster, a little more accurate, a little better defensively… just needed that last little nudge upwards in something, somewhere, to really splash into the NHL.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 11/15/13 at 01:38 PM ET

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Signing Cleary made all of this possible….

Posted by @TheJimP19 from transplanted in Nashville on 11/15/13 at 12:29 PM ET

Salt. Wound.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 11/15/13 at 01:39 PM ET

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This year is a disaster! None of our young guys will get a call up or even now some of them will be pushed out of a regular spot in GR lineup. Would have been nice to not have soooooo many 4 liners taking up roster spots in Det. We only need a couple of the Eaves, Miller, Sammy, Cleary, Tootoo type players. We need to be able to give our your guys a chance to prove themselves. Jurco has earned a callup and Nyquist should be a regular.

Posted by Anderj8 on 11/15/13 at 01:42 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Signing Cleary made all of this possible….

Posted by @TheJimP19 from transplanted in Nashville on 11/15/13 at 12:29 PM ET

True dat. And Cleary has not done one single thing to prove his worth. If either Cleary or Sammy had any loyalty to the Team they would have done the right thing and either moved on, or, let the buyout happen(Sammy).
All they have done is make it harder to make the playoffs, and kept younger players from developing at the NHL level. Still, I blame Holland for perusing/signing them, and Babcock for insisting on having at least one of them(Cleary, who turned down an offer to pursue free agency) on his holy precious roster.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 11/15/13 at 01:52 PM ET

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Signing Cleary made all of this possible….

Exactly, because the last cigarette you smoked was the one that caused the cancer, the last burger you ate was the one that made you overweight, the last beer you drank was the one that made you drunk, etc.

No.  Not really.  Signing Weiss and Alfredsson and Cleary and Howard and Kindl and, and, and was what created Detroit’s current cap/roster situation.  Not signing Cleary, individually.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 11/15/13 at 01:56 PM ET

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Sound like the upcoming trade deadline in December is going to be very quiet.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 11/15/13 at 01:58 PM ET

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Exactly, because the last cigarette you smoked was the one that caused the cancer

You’re a *#$%@& idiot.

Posted by Garth on 11/15/13 at 02:01 PM ET

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Folks, can we calm the f*** down here? The last two days have been pretty brutal in terms of the comments section.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 11/15/13 at 02:04 PM ET

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Who isn’t calm?

Posted by Garth on 11/15/13 at 02:05 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Agree with George here, debate all you want, but ease up on the personal attacks.

Thanks.

On a positive spin, Eaves is good insurance if and when a player goes down to injury.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/15/13 at 02:07 PM ET

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Garth started it.

Posted by SK77 on 11/15/13 at 02:10 PM ET

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You’d think there’s no upside to anything reading the comment section on here.  I’m not really sure why I continue to do so.

As much as I like Eaves I think he’s kinda done anyways, maybe next season he’ll find a home.

Seeing Big Burt contribute has been great, but the mess that is Weiss is horribly disappointing.

I am very much looking forward to Tatar/Andersson/Nyquist line.  Other the than Datsyuk/Zetterburg/ANYONE line I can’t help but feel none of the lines have any cohesion.  The rotating bodies has only made this harder.

Here’s an idea, stick to Alfie/Weiss/Franzen on the second line for 10+ games.  Let them grow used to each other.  There’s enough skill there to put some goals up.

Posted by neffernin on 11/15/13 at 02:20 PM ET

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You’d think there’s no upside to anything reading the comment section on here.  I’m not really sure why I continue to do so.

For all intents and purposes, we’re 9-10 right now. That doesn’t sit well with Wings fans, and it shouldn’t. The day that becomes acceptable (barring good reasons) is the day we stop being an exceptional team and organization.

 

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 11/15/13 at 02:25 PM ET

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Meh. The asking people to be nice hasn’t worked for quite a while. Lay out some temporary bans and tell the users to deal with it when they whine.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 11/15/13 at 02:46 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

The Wings just demoted Glendening to GR as well, and they’re putting Tatar back in the lineup. Interesting.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 11/15/13 at 02:57 PM ET

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you know, every time one of our waived players is not claimed it shows how impossible trades are. We are waiving all of the guys that everyone was assuming we were trying to trade. Not only is no team willing to give anything for them, but nobody wants them for FREE either.

people seem to be “blaming” this situation on signings like this is unanticipated or a problematic situation. Waiving Eaves isn’t something that carries blame. While I still definitely hate having Sammy on our team and Gus on the Griffs, our roster situation has played out EXACTLY like everyone thought it would. These waivers aren’t indicative of a problem, in fact, I still stay it’s indicative of good organizational depth. Emmerton, Tootoo, and Eaves were basically the last three cuts in training camp. Not that big of a deal. The fact is, we had injuries that allowed us to delay making those cuts, but now that everyone’s back, it had to be done finally.

the good news is that there’s no reentry waivers and there’s no roster limitations come playoff time. what that means is every one of these guys is available to us the rest of the season. So if someone goes out for the year with an ACL, we have NHL vets that have been practicing with the team all year coming up and filling in instantly. And if we get super lucky and everyone stays healthy, we will have a huge pool to draw from come playoff time. Babs will ice the best squad available.

I think we are still in pretty damn good shape. We do need to right the ship sooner than later in terms of this current slump, but aside from Nyquist (who should be up in place of Sammy NOT Cleary), I have no issues whatsoever with any of our roster moves so far this season.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 11/15/13 at 03:05 PM ET

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For all intents and purposes, we’re 9-10 right now.

also, that’s super wrong. seeing that we are 9-5-5, that 5 at the end actually stands for 5pts earned, which FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES is the same as two and a half more wins NOT five losses. so we are more like 12-7 or 11-8 if you are a glass half empty person. in any case, 9-10 is a gross misinterpretation of the standings. there’s a reason we are sitting in fourth place in the conference only five pts out of first, despite this losing streak.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 11/15/13 at 03:12 PM ET

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Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 11/15/13 at 02:05 PM ET

Honestly, I very much appreciate your optimistic point of view.

Posted by TreKronor on 11/15/13 at 03:13 PM ET

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The Wings just demoted Glendening to GR as well, and they’re putting Tatar back in the lineup. Interesting.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 11/15/13 at 01:57 PM ET

What’s up with that? Can’t imagine Tatar would make a good center.

Posted by SK77 on 11/15/13 at 03:15 PM ET

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Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 11/15/13 at 02:05 PM ET

Honestly, I very much appreciate your optimistic point of view.

Posted by TreKronor on 11/15/13 at 02:13 PM ET

It’s much easier to be an optimist in the East.

If Detroit were still in the West they’d be holding down the 10 spot.

Posted by SK77 on 11/15/13 at 03:17 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Franzen’s likely going to center a line.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 11/15/13 at 03:25 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Please see Capgeek’s Tweets above for Nyquist explanation.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 11/15/13 at 03:27 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

...and they’re putting Tatar back in the lineup.

Hey, it looks like Babcock has been the KK comments section. smile

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 11/15/13 at 03:30 PM ET

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Um. That should be “reading the KK comments section.”

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 11/15/13 at 03:32 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Franzen’s likely going to center a line.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 11/15/13 at 02:25 PM ET

Sorry, momentary lapse of brain activity on that one.

Posted by SK77 on 11/15/13 at 03:36 PM ET

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Meh…Loser point or not, perfection, the Wings are still under .500. That loser point loses out every time to a team tied points wise with more wins.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 11/15/13 at 03:37 PM ET

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you can “meh” basic mathematics all you want, but your point doesn’t make sense man. you’re citing a tiebreaker rule that’s applied at the end of the season as somehow altering the fact that the team actually EARNED five more points than you’ve decided to give them credit for. maybe you are implying you don’t agree with third pts being given, which is fine, but that doesn’t change the fact that those games are simply NOT the same as regulation losses, no matter how you rationalize it.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 11/15/13 at 03:48 PM ET

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I’m in agreement with MrFluffy, the Wings are sub .500. The only way 9-5-5 would not be a losing record is if games could finish in a tie. Absent ties, the column reads W-L-L. The only consolation is the loser point, which loses ties.

Posted by SnLO from the sub great-white north on 11/15/13 at 03:50 PM ET

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and it’s funny, i don’t even really feel like an optimist. I guess I seem like one because of the extreme “sky is always falling” attitudes around here, but I’m just trying to call it like it is. We are 19 games into an 82 game season and we’re sitting in fourth while we whether the kind of losing streak we have every year. That’s the reality. It’s not that crazy. If we were tanking and seemed like we weren’t going to make the playoffs which in my opinion is the ONLY goal of the regular season, I would not feel good about our situation. I wouldn’t feel like a pessimist then but rather the same realist I’m trying to be now.

I’m actually really enjoying watching us rebuild on the fly. I enjoyed last season a lot too despite the constant negativity by commenting fans. I mean, it’s hockey. It’s FUN dammit!

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 11/15/13 at 03:55 PM ET

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To pretend that it’s a good thing that the Wings got five points out of losses is ridiculous.  Five extra points in the standings means nothing in terms of how the team is playing.

The fact is that they’ve lost more games that they’ve won.  You can award them 3 points for every OT/SO loss if you want to and pretend they’re at the top of the standings, they’ve still lost more games than they’ve won.

In the playoffs you don’t get any credit for losses, so unless all you care about is making the playoffs then fine, but if you want to be optimistic about the actual team you can’t be happy with nine wins in 19 games…

Posted by Garth on 11/15/13 at 04:04 PM ET

Slumpy's avatar

Tough times here but in Chicago they trade to get back that clown Verbeauty, lol. Headscratcher move but the guy gives a good interview and likes to party as much as Kane does. Nice tilt with Eaves in this clip.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUVrd5H_MuM
Who gets waived next? Miller is having a horrible season too, 2pts -9. Ole grind line hot garbage lately. I like the guy and he is needed for his great PK skills but it would be nice if generated some offense and played better even strength D.
Why hasn’t Kenny made a trade yet or is it because he is so in love with all his prospects and current Grand Rapids and Red Wings roster players, ugh.
I can only hope he’s just giving his players more time before he goes heavy making phone calls trying to get rid of those he thinks he can part with.

 

 

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 11/15/13 at 04:11 PM ET

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I wish the overly pessimistic critics were Florida Panthers or Buffalo Sabers fans… because they’d be dead by now having killed themselves by jumping off the wagon and we wouldn’t have to watch or listen to them kick the sh*t out of that dead horse.

Posted by calquake on 11/15/13 at 04:16 PM ET

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also, that’s super wrong. seeing that we are 9-5-5, that 5 at the end actually stands for 5pts earned, which FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES is the same as two and a half more wins NOT five losses. so we are more like 12-7 or 11-8 if you are a glass half empty person. in any case, 9-10 is a gross misinterpretation of the standings. there’s a reason we are sitting in fourth place in the conference only five pts out of first, despite this losing streak.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 11/15/13 at 02:12 PM ET

It is not a gross misinterpretation.  It is truth, Loser Point (it has that name for a reason: you get it for LOSING a game) or not.

Here’s something indisputable:  47GF and 51GA.  -4 Goal Differential… which pretty much lines up with the “whole 9-10 record”, and not so much with any “winning” one someone might try to spin.

There is no spinning the Goal Differential.  It’s ugly.

Posted by Primis on 11/15/13 at 04:24 PM ET

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Let’s see… we’ve got an undead guy with some old wounds being put up for execution for all of a group’s sins that for some reason people just can’t let go…

Somebody get Dan Cleary a big cross to carry up a hill, I think I want to give him a new nickname.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 11/15/13 at 04:41 PM ET

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Somebody get Dan Cleary a big cross to carry up a hill, I think I want to give him a new nickname.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 11/15/13 at 03:41 PM ET

Brian?

Posted by calquake on 11/15/13 at 04:44 PM ET

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