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02-24-2013, 08:41 PM
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Originally Posted by LatvianTwist View Post
Didn't GMJN have a thing for Eakin too, or something?

Not complaining about that trade at all, just saying I remember seeing somewhere he really wanted Eakin and putting 2 and 2 together, we took a lower pick to get him.
Eakin was heavily scouted by the Stars prior to his draft season. They liked what they saw and kept their eye on him after the draft. I don't know all the ins and outs of the deal and how many teams Nieuwendyk talked to about Ribeiro, but Eakin was definitely a player they felt was worth targeting. I read this in an article somewhat recently, don't recall where though. Based on the early returns for the Stars it made me give credit to management for targeting a player with the exact type of skill set this team needs.

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