Patrick Eaves has been cleared to play hockey for the Detroit Red Wings.
Eaves had been skating during the lockout and then started practising during training camp. There was some optimism floating around when he was cleared for contact and played in the Red & White exhibition game, but I do not believe anyone expected him to be back this soon.
Detroit Free Press:
Eaves was green-lighted Thursday, in time to be put on the 23-man roster due by 3 p.m. today. The Wings had planned to carry 14 forwards, and Eaves puts them at 15. However, Darren Helm will miss at least three games with a sore back, general manager Ken Holland said. That makes it possible to put Helm on retroactive injured reserve.
It has been over a year since Eaves has played in a game for the Wings. In just his 10th game (November 26th) of the 2011-12 season, Eaves was injured by a Roman Josi slap shot which broke his jaw and caused a concussion. When Wings fans found out how severe the injury was for Eaves; we came together to support him and show that we still cared. Operation Eaves was started by @Slapshotg0al; which caused an outpouring of love and support for Patrick. Operation Eaves achieved its goal when Patrick received his poster which was created by using the comments. The poster was designed by @JHowardDesign.
Eaves will certainly help the Wings on the ice. He is a fantastic penalty killer and is a right handed shot, which the Wings severely lack. He will be eased back onto the ice by Babcock and the coaching staff, but he is ready to play and contribute the the Wings in anyway he can.
Wings fans, and me especially, are happy to see Eaves once again lace up the skates for the Detroit Red Wings.