LOS ANGELES – Here today, gone tomorrow. And, soon, here again.
Patrick Eaves was in town for more than a minute but not much longer than that. Just long enough to meet his Ducks teammates at breakfast and play his first game with them.
“There were a couple of familiar faces that I know,” Eaves said, talking after the Ducks’ 4-1 loss to the Kings. “And then just playing with everyone. They were having fun. It was an easy room to walk into.”
It was back to Dallas for the Eaves, 32, to take advantage of his new team’s bye week and gather some belongings and take care of some affairs.
The Ducks got their first look at the veteran forward in their lineup Saturday and while he didn’t score a goal or register a point, Eaves gave them a sense of what is possible. Five shots on goal and two penalties drawn in just over 16 minutes of action.
“I think I got my legs under me halfway through the first there,” Eaves said. “I’m really excited to be part of this group. It’s only been one game and I feel like I’m a part of it.
“I played against a lot of these guys for a while. It’s finally nice to join them.”
Eaves can add some badly needed secondary scoring. He had a career-high 21 goals and 39 points with Dallas, giving the Stars serious value for a one-year, $1 million contract he signed before the season.
Both of those were appealing to Ducks GM Bob Murray, who could fit him in and add to his team while dealing with the season-long issue of being pressed up against the salary cap. And the acquisition of Eaves created a positive vibe within the dressing room.
“You bring a guy like that in that’s having a good year the way he is, a good role guy, I think our team got better when he came in,” Ducks defenseman Josh Manson said.
Eaves said his family will stay in the Dallas area while he plays for the Ducks as his two daughters and son are in school. Ironically, the Eaves clan was in Anaheim last week visiting Disneyland…