Stars trade Ribeiro to Capitals for young center Eakin

Cody Eakin

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Cody Eakin poses for a portrait during the 2009 NHL Entry Draft in Montreal. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)




Posted on June 23, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 23 at 2:51 PM

The Dallas Stars traded center Mike Ribeiro Friday to the Washington Capitals for center Cody Eakin and a draft selection.

Eakin, 21, played in 30 games for the Caps last season with 4 goals and 4 assists. The Winnipeg native started the 2011-12 season with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.

“Cody Eakin is a young, competitive player who we’ve had our eye on for some time,” Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk said in a statement released by the team. “He plays a solid two-way game and epitomizes the ‘hard to play against’ mentality we’re building our team around. Cody’s future is bright, and we’re excited to add him to our club.”

The 32-year-old Ribeiro spent the last six seasons with the Stars after starting his career with the Montreal Canadiens. He played in 74 games for Dallas in 2011-12 and had 18 goals and 45 assists.

“We’d like to thank Mike for his contributions the last six years with the Dallas Stars, and wish him well with the Washington Capitals,” Nieuwendyk said in the statement.

With the trade, Dallas now has three picks in the in the second round of the NHL Draft.