NHL Rumors: 3 Teams Linked to Free Agent Cody Eakin

There's still some veteran talent available on the free-agent market as team's realize they don't have as much cap space as they'd hoped for. The signings have slowed down this summer, as the flat cap has poked it's ugly head and we're starting to see some professional tryout agreements be reached. One player still looking for a contract is forward Cody Eakin. Here's three teams who may end up adding the veteran center:

Winnipeg Jets

The Jets have shown interest in the past in Eakin as they acquired him from the Vegas Golden Knights. Winnipeg doesn't have a ton of depth down the middle and adding Eakin could help solidify their fourth line. He appeared in 69 games last season for the Buffalo Sabres, recording 12 points. The Jets have over $6 million available currently under the cap, so there's certainly room to sign Eakin to a league minimum deal.

Dallas Stars

Another team very familiar with Eakin's game, the Stars could also use some more center depth and may have interest in signing a deal with the free-agent pivot. Eakin spent the better parts of five seasons with the Stars and the team has shown they aren't afraid of adding some more veterans to their mix. If a deal goes down in Dallas, expect it to be a one-year offer at under $1 million.
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Minnesota Wild

One team with financial constraints who are going to need to find some value in depth signings, the Minnesota Wild. General manager Bill Guerin could turn to Eakin to battle at third or fourth-line center. Eakin hasn't done much offensively for the past two seasons and is smart enough to know his role and what's going to keep him in the league. The Wild have a powerful offense and adding some defensive minded players up front could help their chances next season.

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