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07:28 AM ET 08.01 | Former NCAA standout Patrick Eaves has one year left on his NHL deal, which leaves is future somewhat up in the air with the Red Wings. Eaves was the feel-good story coming out of January's training camp, which saw him cleared to play after spending more than a year recovering from a severe concussion. He was in and out of the rotation the first few weeks, but by the middle of the season played regularly as the right wing on the fourth line, and was part of the penalty-killing unit. ... Eaves, 29, is a third- or fourth-line winger, and will be pressed to earn a spot as a regular next season given how intense competition will be for minutes. His positioning wasn't helped when the Wings re-signed Drew Miller.

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August 1, 2013  08:15 AM ET

What this article did not mention is the fact that graybeards Bertuzzi, Samuelsson and Alfredsson are also UFAs at season's end. That's 4 RW UFAs with Eaves being the youngest and the least expensive of the group. I'm not so sure we should be writing Eaves off the Wings just yet.

Personally, I like Eaves. He's a hard working gritty winger who rarely makes mistakes on the defensive end of the ice. He is also the ultimate TEAM guy, willing to sacrifice himself and do whatever it takes for the benefit of the team. Every championship team needs guys like Eaves.

August 1, 2013  08:42 AM ET
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What this article did not mention is the fact that graybeards Bertuzzi, Samuelsson and Alfredsson are also UFAs at season's end. That's 4 RW UFAs with Eaves being the youngest and the least expensive of the group. I'm not so sure we should be writing Eaves off the Wings just yet.Personally, I like Eaves. He's a hard working gritty winger who rarely makes mistakes on the defensive end of the ice. He is also the ultimate TEAM guy, willing to sacrifice himself and do whatever it takes for the benefit of the team. Every championship team needs guys like Eaves.

+1

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August 1, 2013  08:51 AM ET
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The Maple Leafs will handle him with Eaves this season.

are you saying Toronto will rake in The Eaves?

August 1, 2013  09:11 AM ET
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are you saying Toronto will rake in The Eaves?

Everybody should keep their gutters clean.

August 1, 2013  09:30 AM ET
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Everybody should keep their gutters clean.

well, they have to leave room for their Mayor

August 1, 2013  09:37 AM ET
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well, they have to leave room for their Mayor

Then they'd better block off an entire lane.

They could use all those parade cones.

August 1, 2013  09:58 AM ET
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Then they'd better block off an entire lane. They could use all those parade cones.

Bolland is holding a Cup parade in T.O.

August 1, 2013  10:03 AM ET
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Then they'd better block off an entire lane. They could use all those parade cones.

they double as funnels

August 1, 2013  10:04 AM ET
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Bolland is holding a Cup parade in T.O.

Another three To***to draft picks traded for a glimpse of the Cup?

August 1, 2013  10:07 AM ET
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they double as funnels



The last Council Meeting?

August 1, 2013  10:20 AM ET
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Personally, I like Eaves. He's a hard working gritty winger who rarely makes mistakes on the defensive end of the ice. He is also the ultimate TEAM guy, willing to sacrifice himself and do whatever it takes for the benefit of the team. Every championship team needs guys like Eaves.

He learned it from his dad, who learned it from Badger Bob. Good lineage. He's another reclamation project of the Wings and has turned into a good contributor.

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August 1, 2013  10:26 AM ET
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He learned it from his dad, who learned it from Badger Bob. Good lineage. He's another reclamation project of the Wings and has turned into a good contributor.

One might say after Ottawa Eaves-dropped him.

August 1, 2013  10:27 AM ET
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He learned it from his dad, who learned it from Badger Bob. Good lineage. He's another reclamation project of the Wings and has turned into a good contributor.

"It's a great day for hockey!"

August 1, 2013  10:28 AM ET
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Where's the banjo?

Off camera but its there.

August 1, 2013  10:29 AM ET
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"It's a great day for hockey!"

Boom!!

August 1, 2013  11:01 AM ET
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What this article did not mention is the fact that graybeards Bertuzzi, Samuelsson and Alfredsson are also UFAs at season's end. That's 4 RW UFAs with Eaves being the youngest and the least expensive of the group. I'm not so sure we should be writing Eaves off the Wings just yet.Personally, I like Eaves. He's a hard working gritty winger who rarely makes mistakes on the defensive end of the ice. He is also the ultimate TEAM guy, willing to sacrifice himself and do whatever it takes for the benefit of the team. Every championship team needs guys like Eaves.

Exactly what a 4th line player should be. The Wings just about had the whole 4th line retire the last few years back, good to find another hard worker.

August 1, 2013  11:04 AM ET
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are you saying Toronto will rake in The Eaves?

He's on the Eaves of greatness.

 
August 1, 2013  11:16 AM ET
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The last Council Meeting?

That's gonna leave skid-marks.

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