Patrick Eaves could return to play for the Anaheim Ducks this season after missing all but two games last season, general manager Bob Murray said Saturday.
"I'm more confident that Patrick Eaves is going to play for the full season than I am of Ryan Kesler at the moment, although [Ryan] says he's going to be fine," Murray said during an event with season ticket holders, according to the Orange County Register.
Eaves, a 34-year-old forward, played two games last season before he was hospitalized with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks the peripheral nervous system. Murray in April said Eaves had surgery for a torn labrum in early March and should be ready to play by mid-October.
Kesler played 44 games last season, making his debut Dec. 27 following offseason hip surgery. The newspaper said the center, who turns 34 on Aug. 31, may sit out this season in order to fully rehabilitate his hip.
Murray said the Ducks are in negotiations with goalie John Gibson and forward Jakob Silfverberg. Gibson can become a restricted free agent and Silfverberg can become an unrestricted free agent after this season.
The Ducks have an arbitration hearing with defenseman Brandon Montour on July 24. Murray said the sides could agree to a short-term contract.
"We would have liked a longer deal, but it's not going to happen," he said.