Carolina Trades D Mike Commodore, W Cory Stillman
to Ottawa for D Joe Corvo, W Patrick Eaves
This deal is a little bit of a head-scratcher, but considering the fact that Commodore and Stillman will be unrestricted free agents at the end of this season, and that team chemistry is lacking, it could help the team.
Here’s the release from the Hurricanes:
The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired defenseman Joe Corvo and right wing Patrick Eaves from the Ottawa Senators, in exchange for defenseman Mike Commodore and left wing Cory Stillman, announced General Manager Jim Rutherford. Corvo and Eaves will be available for the Hurricanes’ game on Tuesday at Boston.
“We’re pleased to acquire a very good, young player in Patrick, and address a need for a mobile defenseman who can move the puck on the power play like Joe,” said Rutherford. “We are very thankful to Cory and Mike as two great contributors to the Hurricanes, including during our Stanley Cup run of 2006.”
Corvo, 30, has played in 51 of the Senators’ 56 games this season and ranks first among team defensemen with 15 power-play points (1g, 14a). Among Ottawa defensemen, Corvo ranks second in points (27) and assists (21), tied for second with six goals, and fourth with a plus-7 plus/minus rating, while averaging 17:41 of ice time per game. Corvo’s 27 points this season rank him tied for 23rd among all NHL defensemen in scoring. The Oak Park, Ill., native is in his ninth professional season following a three-year collegiate career at Western Michigan, and in 330 NHL regular-season games with the Los Angeles Kings and the Senators, he has notched 41 goals, earned 100 assists (141 points) and accumulated 148 penalty minutes. The Kings selected Corvo (6’0″, 204 lbs.) in the fourth round, 83rd overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, and he signed as a free agent with Ottawa on July 1, 2006. Corvo ranked fifth among all NHL defenseman with nine points (2g, 7a) in the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs, helping the Senators to the Eastern Conference championship.
Eaves, 23, has played in 26 games with the Senators this season, recording four goals and six assists (10 points). The Fairbault, MN, native suffered a separated shoulder on Nov. 21 at Buffalo and missed 24 games before returning to Ottawa’s lineup on Jan. 15. He has missed Ottawa’s last six games with a shoulder/neck injury suffered at Tampa Bay on Jan. 24. Eaves (5’11”, 190 lbs.) is in his third professional season after the Senators selected him in the first round, 29th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He played three years of collegiate hockey at Boston College prior to turning professional, and in 157 NHL regular-season games, he has notched 38 goals and earned 33 assists (71 points).
Stillman, 34, was fourth in team scoring with 21 goals and 25 assists in 55 games with the Hurricanes this season. A native of Peterborough, Ont., Stillman has played 815 career NHL games over parts of 13 seasons between Carolina, Tampa Bay, St. Louis and Calgary. The two-time Stanley Cup winner has recorded 231 career goals, 352 assists, 583 points and 396 penalty minutes.
He ranked second among all Carolina scorers with 26 points (nine goals and 17 assists) while appearing in all 25 post-season games for the Stanley Cup champion Hurricanes in 2005-06. Stillman became only the sixth player in NHL history to win hockey’s biggest prize in consecutive seasons after winning the Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2003-04. He was Calgary’s first-round choice (6th overall) in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft.
Commodore, 28, had three goals and nine assists for 12 points, averaging 19:15 of ice time in 41 games with the Hurricanes this season. The native of Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.,also won a Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2005-06. In 270 career NHL games, Commodore has scored 14 goals, 47 assists and recorded 413 penalty minutes. He was New Jersey’s second second-round choice (42nd overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
The NHL’s trade deadline is at 3 p.m. Feb. 26.