Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill said he wouldn’t make moves that would indicate if his team was a buyer or seller until the end of the team’s bye.
Consider that decision made. The Stars have traded forward Patrick Eaves (and his magnificent facial hair) to the Anaheim Ducks for a conditional second round draft pick in the 2017 draft.
That pick could become Anaheim’s first rounder if the Ducks reach the Western Conference Finals and Eaves plays in at least 50 percent of the Ducks playoff games (unstated is that would be a very low first round pick in that case). If those conditions are not met, the pick becomes a conditional second round pick originally belonging to San Jose, Toronto or Ottawa based on the conditions under which the Ducks originally acquired the pick from the Maple Leafs.
Eaves is having a career season with 21 goals and 37 points in a relatively healthy 59 games. He originally signed with the Stars in 2014 after coming of a career threatening concussion problem and put up 81 points in 160 games on very cap friendly contracts. He is an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Other potential trade bait for Dallas includes Patrick Sharp and Johnny Oduya. Of course, moving those players doesn’t address the fundamental problem of overcrowded defensive prospects, which is also something the team may try and address.
Here is the official release from the team:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has acquired a conditional second-round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft in exchange for right wing Patrick Eaves . Based on draft position, Dallas will receive the middle pick of Ottawa, San Jose or Toronto's second-round selections in 2017 per the conditions in which Anaheim acquired the pick from Toronto in a previous trade. Should Anaheim advance to the third round of the postseason and Eaves plays in 50% or more of their games in the first two rounds, the selection becomes the Ducks first-round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft.
Eaves, 32, has recorded 37 points (21-16=37) in 59 games played this season. In three seasons with the Stars, he appeared in 160 regular season games posting 81 points (46-35=81).
The 6-foot, 200-pound native of Calgary, Alberta was signed as a free agent by Dallas on July 1, 2014.
Additionally, forward Adam Cracknell was placed on Injured Reserve retroactive to Feb. 18 with a lower body injury.