Patrick Eaves, right, celebrates a goal by Carolina teammate Sergei Samsonov. ((Bill Kostroun/Associated Press))

The Detroit Red Wings announced the signing of free agent Patrick Eaves to a one-year contract on Tuesday.

Eaves will make $500,000 US — a significant cut from the $1.7 million he received last season.

Eaves, 25, had been without an NHL home after a deal that sent Aaron Ward from Boston to Carolina on July 24. The Bruins obtained Eaves in the transaction, but promptly waived him.

Eaves had six goals and eight assists and a plus-7 rating in 74 games with Carolina last season, scoring the third short-handed goal of his career.

Anaheim Ducks off-season

Coming Gone
Nick Boynton, D F. Beauchemin, D
Saku Koivu, F Chris Pronger, D
Joffrey Lupul, F
Luca Sbisa, D

The Hurricanes obtained the right winger in early 2008 as part of a four-player deal with Ottawa.

Eaves scored 20 goals in 58 games for the Senators in his rookie season, but has been primarily a defensive specialist since. He has compiled 45 goals and 45 assists in 242 NHL games.