Cody Eakin was headed to a lake in Manitoba to do some fishing last Friday, and had just stopped to buy some bait when he got a text message to call Washington General Manager George McPhee. Eakin went back to his car, called McPhee and got the news: he had been traded to the Dallas Stars (with a second-round draft pick) for Mike Ribeiro.

“Initially, I was caught off guard,” Eakin said. “I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t think I’d be traded.”

A little time reflecting on the news brought a fresh perspective.
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