Steve Dave wrote:So I'm guessing Malkin to IR to make room for Eaton. When Malkin returns, who goes? Boychuk? Dman trade?
Nobody has to go, we had a roster spot left. I think so, anyway.
I don't think -- there were three scratches last night: Malkin, Boychuk, Bortuzzo. Malkin to IR creates room for Eaton temporarily, but when he is healthy, someone will have to go, and that someone likely is Boychuk.
As for the signing, I like it. As someone else said, it's a lot more reassuring having a been-there-done-that, Stanley Cup winning veteran in the press box than having a 29-year-old with fewer than one full season's worth of games under his belt. The playoffs are no joke, and Lovejoy showed last year what happens when an inexperienced bench player gets the nod...and it isn't pretty.
I don't expect Eaton to get much ice time, and I'd be very surprised if he pushes out either of the rookies. That said, I wouldn't be surprised if this singing signals the end for a guy like Niskanen (whom I'd prefer to see stay) or Engelland (whom I can live without).