Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed forward Patrick Eaves to a one-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Eaves, 31, registered 27 points (14-13=27) in 47 games in his first season with Dallas in 2014-15. He led all Stars skaters last season with a plus/minus rating of +12, while he shared third on the team with a career-high six power play goals. Eaves' goal, assist and point totals from the 2014-15 campaign are the most he has recorded since the 2006-07 season when he notched a career-high 32 points (14-18=32) while with Ottawa.
The 10-year NHL veteran has tallied 173 career points (88-85=173) in 491 regular-season NHL contests with Ottawa, Carolina, Detroit, Nashville and Dallas. Eaves has recorded 13 postseason points (6-7=13) in 67 career Stanley Cup Playoffs games including a trip to the Eastern Conference Final with Carolina in 2009.
"Patrick was a valuable part of our team last season," said Nill. "We're happy to have him back in the fold as he plays a number of different roles throughout the year and is a tremendous teammate."
The 6-foot-0, 200-pound native of Ottawa, Ontario was originally selected by Ottawa in the first round (29th overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft and was signed by Dallas as a free agent on July 1, 2014.