A criticism of the New York Rangers has been the team lacks a willingness to go to the front of the net, and play hard on the forecheck. Patrick Eaves brings both, and can also kill penalties.
Eaves is a solid two-way player that was traded to the Anaheim Ducks from the Dallas Stars at the deadline, going to Anaheim with 21 goals and 16 assists in 59 games.
He made a career year even better, and added 11 goals and three assists in 20 games with the Ducks.
Eaves is a good skater who brings qualities the Rangers could use, but having a career year in a contract year means he is bound to get overpaid. The Rangers can’t afford to overpay anyone that isn’t a defenseman.
At 30, Eaves is also injury prone. Eaves played 79 out of 82 games this year, the most he’s ever played in a season. His next best was the 73 games he played all the way back in the 2006-2007 season.
Eaves is going to earn too much money, and isn’t consistently healthy making him too risky to invest in.