PTO season is in full swing with training camps around a week and a half away and we’ve already seen several ink trial deals for veterans. The last to have fun is Calgary as announced by the Flames (Twitter link) that they have the center inked Cody Eakin to a trial agreement.
The 31-year-old has spent the past two seasons at Buffalo while playing in the last six. Last season, Eakin had four goals and eight assists in 69 games for the Sabers while averaging 13:35 per game. He’s played a regular round on the penalty kill and that’s probably the role Calgary would want him to play if he’s able to break their lineup. Eakin also won 56% of his faceoffs last season, which was a career high in a single season.
Eakin has 701 career NHL games under his belt in five different organizations with 110 goals and 146 assists. Although he’s not the 40-point player he was with Vegas in 2018-19, he can still contribute on a fourth line and he fits in pretty well with the Flames; on the face of it, it looks like there’s a decent chance he could land a contract from this. He would sign for the minimum of $750,000 or so and CapFriendly estimates Calgary has just over $2.1 million in the cap room so they don’t have to move anyone to sign him.
It should be noted that the Flames are one of the teams that still have a restricted free agent to re-sign as an intermediary. Adam Ruzicka. Adding Eakin to their roster will put him in direct competition with the spot Ruzicka would fight for. It’s the type of addition that could motivate Rucizka’s camp to put pen to paper on a deal to ensure he doesn’t play catch-up when pre-season begins later this month.
CapFriendly was the first to report that Eakin was signing a PTO with the Flames.
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