Eaves_Red_Wings_2013In a somewhat surprising move, the Red Wings waived veteran forward Patrick Eaves on Thursday.

Eaves, 29, only recently returned to the Detroit lineup after missing most of the season on LTIR with ankle and knee issues.

Eaves, who has been with the Detroit organization since 2009, is in the final year of a three-year, $3.6 million deal.

According to reporters in Detroit, news of being waived caught Eaves off guard, though he did say it was the “nature of the business.”

Source: Mike Halford, NBC Sports, Pro Hockey Talk