The Washington Capitals have acquired forward Mike Ribeiro from the Dallas Stars in exchange for forward Cody Eakin and a 2012 second-round pick (No. 54).
Ribeiro, 32, earned 63 points (18 goals, 45 assists) in 74 games last season for the Stars, his eighth-consecutive season of 50-plus points. He has been a member of the Dallas organization for six seasons – having earned an All-Star selection in 2008 – and is under contract for one more season with an annual salary cap hit of $5 million.
Eakin, one of Washington’s top forward prospects, appeared in 30 games for Washington last season, scoring four goals and adding four assists.
With this trade, the Caps have finally solidified the second-line center position that has gone unfilled since Sergei Fedorov left at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season.