Eakins played 120 career games in the NHL, in a career that started in 1984 as a 16 year old junior player and ended in 2004 as a 36 year old in the AHL.
In 1997, along with Mike Eastwood, Eakins was traded to the Rangers for Jayson More.
- He was acquired to be the Rangers eighth defenseman, according to the NY Times, and then, on 2/8, sent to the AHL.
- Eakins was recalled by the Rangers on 3/25 and played against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 3-0 Rangers win.
- Eakins, a defenseman, was moved up to forward as the Rangers were being hurt with injuries.
- Eakins, Adam Graves and Shane Churla are a line being tasked with shutting down Eric Lindros and Legion of Doom.
Eakins was a teammate of Mark Messier, Adam Graves, Brian Leetch, Whale coach Ken Gernander and Whale assistant coach Jeff Beukeboom.
He wore #28 for the Rangers and left the organization as free agent, to sign with Florida, during the off-season.