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Anaheim Ducks acquire Patrick Eaves from Dallas Stars for a draft pick

Dallas gets a conditional second-round pick in return.

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The Anaheim Ducks acquired one of the most coveted depth forwards at the NHL trade deadline on Friday, moving to get Patrick Eaves from the Dallas Stars.

Dallas will get a conditional second round pick in the 2017 NHL draft as compensation. If Anaheim makes the conference finals this season, it turns into a first-round pick.

Although, as the Stars note in their press release, it’s the Inception of conditions:

Based on draft position, Dallas will receive the middle pick of Ottawa, San Jose or Toronto's second-round selections in 2017 per the conditions in which Anaheim acquired the pick from Toronto in a previous trade.

Should Anaheim advance to the third round of the postseason and Eaves plays in 50% or more of their games in the first two rounds, the selection becomes the Ducks first-round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft.

That second-round pick originally came to the Ducks in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs for Frederik Andersen over the summer.

According to Stars writer Sean Shapiro, Dallas did not retain any of Eaves’ $1 million salary. Eaves becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

The Ducks now have four players on their team drafted in the first round of the 2003 NHL draft: Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler, Corey Perry, and Patrick Eaves.

With 21 goals and 37 points in 59 games, the 32-year-old Eaves is enjoying a career year with the Stars. Dallas once had Stanley Cup aspirations, but injuries and a horrid February turned them into deadline sellers. Anaheim, meanwhile, added a player who can impact their power play and play up and down the lineup as coach Randy Carlyle deems necessary.

The Ducks sit third in the Pacific Division with 74 points.