Team adds pair of playoff veterans to bolster Cup run
Amid speculation and rumours of a personnel shakeup involving the Ottawa Senators, general manager Bryan Murray pulled the trigger on a significant, four-player trade yesterday.
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Ottawa got a head start on the Feb. 26 National Hockey League trade deadline when it acquired centre Cory Stillman and defenceman Mike Commodore from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for right winger Patrick Eaves and defenceman Joe Corvo.
"The trade gives us two guys that have won Stanley Cups and been through the playoff mill several times," Murray said of the two newest Senators, who will arrive in Ottawa to join their new club today.
"Stillman has won two Cups. He’s a very competitive goal scorer that addresses our need for a top-six forward. Cory should give us some production from our second powerplay unit, if not our first at some point in time."
Stillman, 34, has amassed 231 goals, 583 points in 815 career NHL games over parts of 13 seasons with Carolina, Tampa Bay, St. Louis and Calgary. He was the Flames’ first round choice (8th overall) in 1992.
The Peterborough native is fourth in team scoring for Carolina, with 21 goals, 46 points in 55 games. He reportedly waived his no-trade clause in order to join Ottawa.
Commodore, 28, will add a physical presence to the Senators’ blueline. The 6-foot-5, 228-lb rearguard, a native of Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., had stops in Anaheim and was a member of the Calgary Flames during their run at the 2004 Stanley Cup.
"Mike is a big, gritty competitive player," Murray said. "Defensively he’s a real solid battler. I think our physical presence around our net has been lacking a little bit and Mike brings that dimension to the hockey team."
Stillman and Commodore won the Stanley Cup in 2005-2006 with Carolina. Stillman won his first Cup in 2004 with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The new additions both become unrestricted free agents at the end of the season.
Both players will be in the line-up tonight when the Senators meet the Buffalo Sabres at Scotiabank Place.