The Stars on Friday got a head start on Wednesday's NHL trade deadline, sending winger Patrick Eaves to the Anaheim Ducks for a conditional draft pick.

There are plenty of conditions tied to the pick, but the deal is a lot like the move that sent Jaromir Jagr to the Boston Bruins in 2013 and landed Dallas the 29th overall pick that allowed them to select Jason Dickinson that year.

Anaheim has three second-round draft picks this year, from Ottawa, San Jose and Toronto, and Dallas will get the pick that ends up in the middle once the draft order is announced if Anaheim is eliminated in the first two rounds. Should the Ducks win their first two rounds in the playoffs and Eaves plays in 50 percent of those games, the pick elevates to Anaheim's first-round pick.

"I started talking with Anaheim in the last week, and they kind of targeted him," Stars general manager Jim Nill said. "He's a low cap hit, and they started pursuing him pretty hard. It got to the point where the price they were willing to pay to get him was something we had to do."

Eaves, 32, has had a career-best season with the Stars. The injury-prone Eaves has played in 59 of 60 games and has 21 goals and 16 assists for 37 points. Eaves suffered a foot injury early in the year and has participated in almost no practices or morning skates. He pretty much just skates in warmups and plays in games.