Stars Trade Ribeiro
It seems that Mike Ribeiro's time in Big D has come to an end. Yesterday, he was traded to the Washington Capitals in exchange for skilled center Cody Eakin and a second round pick, in which the Stars took center Mike Winther. Ribeiro had one more year on his contract, paying him a shade over $5 million.
The 31-year-old will be a UFA next summer.
This turned out to be a safe, but effective move for the Stars. Ribeiro, along with Steve Ott, have been rumored to have new homes by the end of the summer, and the Washington Capitals needed a new playmaking centerman, as players like Michael Nylander just didn't get the job done.
Cody Eakin, the gem of the deal, split time between the NHL and the AHL last season. The 21-year old played in 30 games for the Washington Capitals last season, posting 4 goals and 4 assists in a very limited role. With the Hershey Bears, he scored 13 goals and 14 assists for 27 points in 43 games.
Eakin is not a big guy by any stretch of the imagination, but what he lacks in size, he makes up for in his playmaking ability.
The Stars, in a roundabout way, traded Ribeiro for a Ribeiro clone. He works well on the power play and makes due with open space to thread the needle.
Eakin has yet to find consistency, but at 21, that is to be expected.
Mike Winther is the comeback story in this draft. He isn't a big guy, but he's a gritty, two-way center. According to Rick Jackson of Central Scouting, Winther "is always on the right side of the puck around the net," and is "hard to knock off of the puck."
These accolades just prove the gritty bit.
Winther scored just 10 points in his first season as a member of the Prince Albert Raiders. Then his draft stock rose dramatically when he quintupled his point total from 10 to 56 in the following season. The knock on him is his size, as he is only 5'11", 170 lbs. At 18, he should physically mature further.
Will there be more to come from the Stars this summer? Stay tuned.
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