Perhaps you would know more then me being in Dallas and following the Stars but for us it was just weird that he came on board and the 1st thing was they traded Ribs.
I see your point, but it would seem to be quite the opposite formula of some of Gainey's bigger flop trades anyway (Particularly the 'I don't need to say his name for you to know who I'm talking about ' deal). Essentially Niinimaa translated into around 400 points of Ribeiro for Dallas and now that gift keeps giving.
Eakin is a bright young all-around player and a top player for Texas right now in the AHL. And Mike Winther (54th pick 2012) is a nice prospect out to the WHL who is putting up a PPG currently. I like Ribeiro and he's undoubtedly a sure bet to put up some big number is Washington, but I don't think we have seen the end to dividends Niinimaa paid for the organization in Eakin and hopefully Winther too.
I don't know if I speak for all Stars fans but I see it as a good trade (whether Gainey advised it or not) considering they were also able to turn Ott and AHL Adam Pardy into Roy to fill the hole left by Ribs' departure and Eakin would look to slot perfectly into a 3C on the depth charts. Maybe its a better series of trades than if you're just isolating the Ribeiro deal, but nonetheless thanks for Ribeiro.