Eaves missed the final 10 games of the postseason due to a high-ankle sprain.
With the Ducks eliminated from the playoffs by the Predators on Monday, the team dropped the nebulous "lower-body" tag and we now have a better idea as to why Eaves was not able to suit up for the crucial games at the end. High-ankle sprains often require at least a month of recovery time, so while it's disappointing to many that Eaves was not able to play, it's now more understandable. The 33-year-old enjoyed something of a breakout campaign in his 12th season in the league, as his 32 goals and 51 points between his time in Dallas and Anaheim are new career highs. It remains to be seen if the Ducks will sign Eaves to stay on long term as he enters the free agent market this offseason.