Eaves has cleared waivers and been assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL).
Eaves has not played in the AHL since 2005-06. He has 27 goals and 24 assists (51 points) in five seasons with the Red Wings. They are pressed up against the cap and Eaves is just a victim of a numbers game.
Eaves has been activated from IR and will make his season debut on Tuesday.
“Eaves will be playing,” Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock said. “He’s smart and he shoots the puck cause we don’t shoot the puck I need someone to shoot the puck and I need someone smart. If he’s looking at the bigger picture and if he’s looking for a larger chunk of cheese there’s lots out there cause lots of guys have left it out there for him.”
Looks like Eaves is the odd man out for Game 6. Bertuzzi and Samuelsson on the fourth line with Emmerton.
Eaves will be a healthy scratch for Game 6. Samuelsson did not look great in Game 4 or 5 but he did score a big goal for the Wings in Anaheim. Bertuzzi looked strong in Game 5 which is why he will stay in the lineup tonight.