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Trade: Caps acquire Ribeiro from Dallas

Dallas Stars v Phoenix Coyotes

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 18: Mike Ribeiro #63 of the Dallas Stars awaits a face off against the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game at Arena on February 18, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Christian Petersen

The Washington Capitals have added some offense to the roster in a major way, acquiring forward Mike Ribeiro from Dallas in exchange for Cody Eakin and the 54th overall pick at this year’s draft.

Ribeiro, 32, had 63 points in 74 games for Dallas last year, finishing tied for first in assists (45). He’s in the final year of a deal that pays $5 million annually and, according to Capgeek, had a modified no-trade clause (could specify a 10-team no-trade list.)

Eakin, 21, was taken in the third round (85th overall) at the 2009 draft and made his NHL debut this seaason. He went on to play in 30 games for Washington, recording 4G-4A-8PTS.

It’s an interesting deal for Washington. The move sees Ribeiro return to the Eastern Conference (he played in Montreal from 1999-2006), where he’ll likely replace the offense lost with Alex Semin, who appears ready to bolt the Caps on July 1.