The pre-deadline trades keep coming, and here’s one that might pique your interest. The Vegas Golden Knights have just cleared a bunch of salary cap space by trading ex-Caps forward Cody Eakin to the Winnipeg Jets. Darren Dreger first reported the news.
Eakin earns almost four million dollars on the salary cap, which means Vegas appears to be preparing for a bigger deadline move. Meanwhile, they offload a non-productive (four goals, six assists in 41 games) depth player. Eakin also happens to be the guy who high-sticked Joe Pavelski in game seven of the 2019 playoffs, leading to a five-minute power play in which the Sharks came back and eventually eliminated the Knights.
Darren Dreger reports that Vegas will receive a conditional fourth-round pick. If Eakin re-signs with Winnipeg or if they make the playoffs, the pick would become a third-rounder.
Eakin, a Winnipeg native, played 30 games for the Capitals during the 2011-12 season. That summer the Caps traded Eakin to Dallas for Mike Ribeiro, and that’s all we’re going to say about that.
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