Calgary Flames sign Cody Eakin for pro tryout

The Calgary Flames have signed forward Cody Eakin on a pro tryout, the club announced on Sunday.

Eakin, 31, scored four goals and 12 points in 69 games for the Buffalo Sabers during the 2021-22 regular season.

The Washington Capitals originally selected Eakin in the third round (85th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He played 30 games with the Capitals in 2011-12 before being traded to the Dallas Stars the following summer.

Eakin spent the next five seasons with Dallas, hitting the 35-point plateau three times before hitting bottom with three goals and 12 points in 60 games during the 2016-17 campaign. The Vegas Golden Knights selected Eakin from Dallas in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft.

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After two moderately productive seasons in Vegas, Eakin joined the Winnipeg Jets via trade midway through 2019-20 before signing a two-year contract with the Sabers as the first unrestricted free agent. The 6’0″, 183-pound center has scored seven goals and 19 points in 115 games with Buffalo.

In 701 regular season NHL games with Washington, Dallas, Vegas, Winnipeg and Buffalo, Eakin scored 110 goals and 256 points. He had eight goals and 19 points in 50 playoff games.

Eakin will look to crack a revamped Flames roster with plenty of veteran depth forwards already under contract. His main competitors are likely to be Trevor Lewis, Kevin Rooney and Milan Lucic, while youngsters Jakob Pelletier and Adam Ruzicka are also expected to compete for places.

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