The Senators and the Hurricanes dropped a bit of a bomb on Monday morning, shaking up both line-ups. The Sens sent forward Patrick Eaves (non-pool) and defenseman Joe Corvo (Chris) to Carolina for forward Cory Stillman (Dale C.) and defenseman Mike Commodore (Box 16).
For the Senators, this makes them a more experienced team when it comes to the playoffs, as they had just acquired 3 Stanley Cup rings (Stillman 2, Commodore 1) from the past 3 playoff seasons. This deal for the Sens, also frees up a little bit more space under the cap for another big deal to shape up for an upgrade as well. The two players are also going to be Unrestricted Free Agents come July 1st, so they could very well work out to be rental players that didn't cost a big dent against the future of the team. A very good move for the Senators.
In the case of the Hurricanes, they currently sit 1 point out of the division lead and 3 points out of 8th spot in the East. Yes, the math is actually correct. They could jump from 10th to 3rd with a win and a Washington loss, but I digress. The Canes needed a bit of a shift as well and what they received was a proven offensive defenseman, who will come in and run their power play a little more efficiently, as he should be the number one guy on the blueline. In Eaves, they get a young forward who has a fair bit of upside to his offensive game, but he has to overcome some health issues. He does come as a potential Restricted Free Agent, but the Hurricanes have a fair bit of space to run under the cap next season.
Below is the trade broken down. It has this season's games played and points and their contract status for each player after this season.
|Cory Stillman, F||34||55||46||UFA|
|Mike Commodore, F||28||41||12||UFA|
|Patrick Eaves, F||23||26||10||RFA|
|Joe Corvo, D||30||51||27||2 years, $5.25 mil|