Capitals Trade Cody Eakin, 2nd Round Pick To Dallas Stars For Mike Ribiero

SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 08: Mike Ribeiro #63 and Brenden Morrow #10 celebrates with teammates on the bench after Ribeiro scored a goal against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion at San Jose on December 8, 2011 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The Washington Capitals have traded Cody Eakin and the No. 54 overall pick to the Dallas Stars for center Mike Ribeiro.

On Friday night, the Washington Capitals traded Cody Eakin and the No. 54 overall selection in the 2012 NHL Draft to the Dallas Stars for center Mike Ribeiro.

Ribeiro has been rumored as a possible piece to move dating back to last Feb. prior to the trade deadline. As part of a Stars organization that is looking to develop a young core, the veteran Ribeiro was an attractive piece in talks with other teams.

By acquiring Eakin, the Stars pick up a young piece who is still coming into his own as well as a second round pick that can help the team add more young talent.

Stick with SBNation.com for full coverage of the 2012 NHL Draft. For team-by-team coverage of the draft, check out our network of hockey blogs.

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