Originally posted on Rock the Red  |  Last updated 6/22/12

The Washington Capitals have acquired center Mike Ribeiro from the Dallas Stars for C Cody Eakin and their second-round pick this year. 

Ribeiro, 32, is a skinny playmaking center who was relegated to second-line duty this season in Dallas behind Jamie Benn.  Ribeiro has been a consistent producer for Montreal and Dallas over the last 8 seasons.  He will be expected to score near 20 goals and produce 40 assists next season with the Capitals.  He is most decidedly the second-line center the Capitals have needed. 

Eakin played 30 games for the Capitals last season as a rookie, posting 8 points.  He was the Capitals' third-round pick in 2009.  The Capitals second-round pick was the 54th overall selection. 

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