By Sky Kerstein

The Washington Capitals started their 2012 NHL Draft by fixing a long remaining hole without even making a pick.  The Caps traded forward Cody Eakin (30 games, 4 goals, 4 assists last season) and their 2012 second round pick (54th overall) to the Dallas Stars for center Mike Ribeiro.

Ribeiro, 32, who played in the 2008 all-star game, had 18 goals and 45 assists last season.  Most importantly he should fill the Caps second line center position.  Ribeiro, who with his 63 points would’ve been second on the Caps last season, is in the final year of a five-year-deal and will make five million this season.

Ribeiro, 6 feet, 177 pounds, has played in 737 NHL regular season games with the Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens and has 173 goals and 387 assists.  He’s also played in 42 NHL playoff games with five goals and 20 assists.


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