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Red Wings’ website drops a strong hint about Eaves, Miller’s returns

Per DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose, it sounds like Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller won’t be heading anywhere:

General manager Ken Holland indicated last week that he would like to retain both role-playing forwards Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller. Each player has spent the last two seasons with the Red Wings on one-year contracts, and both are eligible to be free agents on July 1. Eaves, who had 25 goals and 17 assists in the last two seasons, told DetroitRedWings.com this month that he would like to return for a third season with the Wings.

“I really like it here,” said Eaves, 27. “I’ve enjoyed playing with all of the guys here, so now comes the not-fun part.”

In the past, the Wings’ front office has likens Eaves to a Danny Cleary or Mikael Samuelsson, talented forwards who have played for a few different teams before finding a fit in Detroit’s system. Before players began to head home for the summer, Eaves, who made $750,000 last season, said the uncertainty of where he’ll play in the fall isn’t pleasant.

“I don’t like the business part,” said Eaves, who tied for third on the Wings with three goals in the playoffs. “In the end, it is a business, but that’s why I have an agent and he does all of that stuff. He’s great.”

Read: he’ll be back. Soon. Then Miller will follow, and Ericsson might not be far behind.

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RWBill's avatar

I love watching Eaves on the bench after a goal, he jumps up and down real enthusiastically like a young kid.

I thought it was pretty sure he would be back, wasn’t sure about Miller, but seeing as my opinion is pretty shallow from many perspectives, the one thing I looked at was the Wings confidence in him when it counted the most, in the playoffs.

Drapes sat.  Modano sat.  Hudler? Maybe should have sat more.  Miller was thrown out there game after game which indicates to me how much the Wings valued his abilities.

Either could get $10M from Toronto, I hope the Wings can give them a bit more and that the agents don’t try and screw both the player and organization over for greed or mere gamesmanship sake. 

Either could probably get more on the open market than from Detroit.  Someone taking a home town discount from $7 to $6 Million isn’t as big a sacrifice as asking someone to drop from $1.5 to $1 as these guys would likely do.

Posted by RWBill on 06/01/11 at 10:20 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Want.  Them.  Both.  Back.

Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 06/02/11 at 11:29 AM ET

TheFreak's avatar

So if Draper loses his roster spot with the Wings, would he go to Tampa with Stevie and finish his career there?

Posted by TheFreak on 06/02/11 at 12:44 PM ET


I’ll take a better team over warm bodies taking up roster spots because of nostalgia any and every day.

Posted by Garth on 06/02/11 at 12:58 PM ET


I’ll also attempt to post responses under the correct posts, too.

Posted by Garth on 06/02/11 at 12:59 PM ET


I tend to lean toward keeping Eaves over Miller but if the price is right you go for both.  if you can snag them both in the $1 to $1.5 mill a year range you do it.  I think they both return!

Posted by wingnut888 on 06/02/11 at 01:35 PM ET

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