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Patrick Eaves signs three-year contract with Ducks

Forward set NHL career highs in goals, assists, points, games this season

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Right wing Patrick Eaves signed a three-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks on Friday. Financial terms were not released, but the contract has an annual average value of about $3.15 million, according to TSN.

Eaves could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

"I spoke to my agent and told him, 'This is where I want to be,'" Eaves said. "My agent knew Anaheim meant something to me. I wanted to be a part of everything that they're doing. I'm so excited to be there. Everything worked out today."

Eaves said his injured ankle is healing and he'll be ready for the season. He said he will move his family to Southern California; they stayed in Dallas when he was traded.

The 33-year-old said he wasn't tempted to test the free agent market. 

"Being in that locker room is something special," Eaves said. "I noticed that on Day One. That was a big deal for me, signing for three years. It was something I completely wanted to be a part of."

Eaves had 51 points (32 goals, 19 assists) this season, setting NHL career highs in goals and points in 79 games with the Ducks and Dallas Stars, including 14 points (11 goals, three assists) in 20 games after he was acquired by Anaheim in a trade on Feb. 24. He had four points (two goals, two assists) in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Eaves was the No. 29 pick in the 2003 NHL Draft by the Ottawa Senators. In 12 seasons with the Ducks, Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators, Carolina Hurricanes and Senators, he has 241 points (131 goals, 110 assists) in 624 regular-season games.

Eaves said his parents celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary Friday. His father, Mike, played in the NHL for the Minnesota North Stars and Calgary Flames.

"I was able to call them while they were out to dinner on their date," Patrick Eaves said. "That meant a lot to me. They were very excited. It was a big day for the Eaves family."

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