Cory Stillman Traded to Carolina
On the same afternoon that Alexei Kovalev was re-acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Carolina Hurricanes went out and brought back one of the key players on their only Stanley Cup winning team, trading Ryan Carter and a fifth-round draft pick to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Cory Stillman, via TSN's Bob McKenzie.
Stillman, 37, was a key cog on the 2005-06 cup-winning Carolina team, scoring 20 goals in the regular season (and finishing tied for second on the team in scoring with 76 points) while also averaging over a point-per-game in the postseason. His game has slowed down a bit over the past five years and his production level has declined, but he'll bring some Stanley Cup experience (he owns two rings, one with Carolina and one with Tampa Bay) to the Hurricanes roster. It's also a definitive sign that the Hurricanes, the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference as of Thursday afternoon, are buyers heading into Monday's deadline.
In 44 games this season he's scored seven goals to go with 16 assists for a Panthers team that is, once again, a seller at the deadline. Along with Stillman, the Panthers have a number of upcoming unrestricted free agents that could be attractive to potential playoff teams, including Tomas Vokoun (no-trade clause), Chris Higgins and Bryan McCabe (no-trade clause). General manager Dale Tallon already traded young forward Michael Frolik to the Chicago Blackhawks a couple of week ago.
Stillman will cost Carolina about $854,000 against the salary cap for the remainder of this season, but that won't be an issue for a Hurricanes club that has a massive amount of cap space.
Carter has spent this season split between Carolina and Anaheim, scoring a goal to go with five assists.