: Injury Report:
Patrick Eaves - Cleared to Play
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01-14-2013, 07:53 PM
Join Date: Apr 2009
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Ah, there was also topic for Eaves.
What was interesting studying those corsi-statistics. Eaves was our only forward that didn't draw a single penalty at last season. That imo tells about how he avoids contact. Penalties come from contact. He passes the puck away immediately when somebody is near, so those penalties can't happen. Only other player who had zero drawed penalties was Lidström.
I'm also quite sure, that Eaves is done as a penalty killer. Just too big risk there to go block shots and get another hit on the head. So where do we use him? If he doesn't PP or PK, I'd rather use Tootoo always before him, who dosn't PP or PK either, but is that opposite cannonball, gritty, nasty and fights some day.
So let's go forward and start using other guys. LTIR or compliance buyout, either one doesn't affect our cap, I'm fine with those. Too bad it went this way. **** happens. Healthy life after hockey is most important for Eaves.
If Eaves is done as a penaltykiller(I don't think so though), he's done with the team and maybe even league. Babcock always relied heavily on him, generally as the second guy behind Helm.
The problem is he's been out for so long. Could he regain his status from before the injury, I'd be pleased of having him around as an extra forward for the remainder of the deal.
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