I was told back in November that the Wings had told Eaves to be patient with his playing time. They were showcasing others at the time but that he was a big part of their plans for the second half and into the playoffs. That puck to the face derailed a lot more for the Wings than just Eaves season.
Hopefully he can get healthy and come back strong next season.
Welp, I guess that officially confirms what we already knew; Eaves is done for the year. At this rate, though, you start to wonder if he'll even be ready for next season (at this point, he's already been out for five months, and it's only another six until 2012-13 kicks off, assuming there's no labor issues in the meantime).
Really feel bad for the guy. He was a solid player, and we could really use him right now.
That's the major blow this team had when Eaves went down. He was one of our best PK'ers, who was more than willing to sacrifice his body to block shots. And he worked well with Helm.
I hope he can comeback next season.
Eaves provides speed, grit, and finish. He's just a smart player who is perfect for the 3rd or 4th line and PK unit. Guys as fast as him who play smart hockey don't grow on trees, unfortunately. We'll miss him for the playoffs.