In a sport full of professional warriors, sometimes doing everything that is asked of you just isn’t enough. Patrick Eaves became the latest victim in the cap crunch that has become the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday as he was placed on waivers by the team. He’s cleared waivers now, and has been assigned to the defending Calder Cup Champion Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL.
UPDATE: Patrick Eaves has cleared waivers and will be assigned to @griffinshockey.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) November 15, 2013
Usually when a guy is put up on the wire, the team’s fan base couldn’t care one way or the other if he gets claimed. Rarely is it a player that can step in and make an impact, and claims typically come more out of desperation than an exercise in team building. There weren’t a lot of folks that root for the Wings that wanted to see Eaves in another sweater by this time tomorrow though.
You can breath now #RedWings fans as Patrick Eaves cleared waiver.
— Monica McAlister (@MonicaMcAlister) November 15, 2013
That’s because Eaves is the kind of guy that’ll battle through thick and thin to secure a victory. He plays just as hard in the preseason as he does in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and is a valuable depth forward for the Wings. There just hasn’t been enough cash to go around this year, especially after Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss were brought in over the summer.
He’ll be joined by Jordin Tootoo in the AHL, another warrior of a player that just couldn’t crack Detroit’s lineup on a frequent enough basis to make their paychecks worth it.
Detroit savings are pretty significant with Eaves in the minors instead of the press box, especially when you consider how close to the cap they are right now.
If Patrick Eaves clears waivers, goes to minors, cap relief limited to $925,000 for #RedWings
— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) November 14, 2013