The Nashville Predators signed Ben Eaves, a 27-year-old forward with a family history in the NHL, to a one-year, two-way contract on Monday.
Eaves spent the past two seasons in Finland. He made his mark in the 2009 postseason when he had a league-record 24 points (four goals, 20 assists) in 14 games for Espoo, which was more points than he had in 22 regular-season appearances.
Originally a fourth-round selection by Pittsburgh in 2001 (131st overall), Eaves played four years at Boston College and then played two professional seasons in the AHL and ECHL then sat out the entire 2006-07 season with an injury.
Eaves’ younger brother, Patrick, currently plays for the Carolina Hurricanes. Their father, Mike, had a nine-year NHL career (1978-86) during which he played 324 contests and is currently head coach at the University of Wisconsin.
Eaves will earn an NHL salary of $600,000 and an AHL salary of $105,000 in the coming season.