"If #Isles Mark Eaton isn't traded, it's only because teams decided he wasn't worth a 3rd or 4th rd pick."
exactly right. At this point, I don't see why he wouldn't be traded. Mind you, he's probably the best of the also-rans (Eaton, Jurcina, Staios, Mottau, Reese, Wishart) so you could make the case to sign him for 1-2 years. I happen to think Eaton is a capable #6-7 player at the right price.
You just cannot expect him to play 16-19minutes with another scrub and expect positive results.
The players, in large part, have been set-up to fail. So the failure we see is simply a result of the organization, not of the players.