Eakin signed a two-year contract worth $2.25 million AAV with the Sabres on Saturday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. Eakin peaked two seasons ago when he produced 22 goals and 19 assists over 78 games with the Golden Knights. He quickly fell back to earth last year, combining for five goals and 10 assists between the Golden Knights and the Jets. The 29-year-old is a good fit in Buffalo, as he plays a solid two-way game and can fill in on the power play in a pinch. With Jack Eichel and Eric Staal already on the roster, Eakin will spend the majority of his time in the bottom six.
Eakin had a goal and an assist with two shots in Monday's 4-2 win over Arizona. He also won 10 of 16 (62.6 percent) faceoffs. Eakin pounced on a loose puck in front following an offensive-zone faceoff and slid it past a sprawled Darcy Kuemper, giving the Jets a 3-2 lead with 8:27 left in regulation. It was his first goal since by acquired from Vegas at the trade deadline in February. Eakin had also assisted on Tucker Poolman's game-tying goal late in the second period, giving him his first multi-point game since Halloween. The 28-year-old has five goals and 13 points in 48 games on the season.
Eakin registered an assist and three shots on goal in Friday's 4-0 win over the Golden Knights. Eakin's second point as a Jet came at the expense of his most recent former team. The 28-year-old center is up to 12 points, 59 shots on goal and 49 hits through 47 contests this year. He's seen top-six usage with the Jets, but the production doesn't match the role currently -- Eakin is best left off most fantasy rosters.
Vegas traded Eakin to the Jets in exchange for a conditional 2021 fourth-round pick Friday, Darren Dreger of TSN reports. This is essentially a cap dump for the Golden Knights, who have to be happy with getting the underperforming Eakin's contract off the books without giving up additional assets. Eakin, who's only notched 10 points in 41 games this campaign, will likely slot into a bottom-six role with his new club. Per Adam Kimelman of NHL.com, Eakin is looking at Sunday in Buffalo as his earliest potential day to debut with his new club.
Eakin registered an assist, three shots on goal, three hits and two PIM in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Lightning. Eakin set up Alec Martinez's first goal as a Golden Knight, scored at 18:05 of the first period. The assist snapped a four-game point drought for the center. He's at 10 points, 53 shots and 41 hits in 41 contests this season.
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