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Canes-Sens trade

Tue Feb 12, 2008 4:52 pm

Going to Ottawa will be Stillman and Commodore.
To Carolina Corvo and Eaves.

My take on this trade;
In the immediate future this is avery good deal for Ottawa, it gives them two things that had been lacking a bit. 1) Stillman gives them a Legitimate scoring threat on their second line, which they have needed for a couple years now. 2) Commodore provides a tougher presence on the blueline, again something that they needed to upgrade. They also get two players who a battled tested with Stanley Cup experience (Stillman has 2, Commodore 1) to help them in the playoffs.

For the Canes, they finally get a puck moving dman in Corvo, who can anchor the power play as well as provided much needed speed on the blueline. This combination for a Dman is extremely hard to come by in the NHL, thus the heavy price. They also get a young winger in Eaves who has a very good upside to be a consistant contributor on the second line. Though Eaves has not elevated his play since his rookie season (20 goals/ 9 assists) in 05-06, he is only 22 years old and has been hampered by injuries.

Overall a very fair and even trade for both teams. Commodore and Stillman are both unrestricted free-agents after this season, whereas Corvo is locked for 2 more years and Eaves is an unrestricted FA after this season, so both of of these guys could be on this team for several more years. Corvo could also be the piece that the Canes need to turn around a season that started off great but has gone downhill, especially with all the injuries. For Ottowa it is a "Win Now" team, they got two pieces that certainly could help them this year and if they win the cup, it was all worth it.

On a personal note, I hate to loose two of teh classiest guys in the NHL and a vital part of the Canes Stanley cup run, but they needed to do something and it certainly is worth getting something for them now rather then risk loosing both at the end of the season to FA.

Tue Feb 12, 2008 6:16 pm

It's a great deal for the Senators, but Corvo is a very underrated defenseman so there is a good chance the 'Canes may benefit in the long run.

When I say it's a great deal for Ottawa I mean to say that it is a terrific move to help them win a Cup this season, not that it is heist or anything like that.

Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:52 pm

Tough break for my Canes tonight, though they did beat PIT 4-2.

With Williams, Cullen (most likely), and LaRose already on the shelf for the remainder of the year, Rob "The Captain" Brind'Amour was lost as well with a torn ACL (ouch!!!). This leaves the Canes with 3 of their top six forwards and their best Penalty killer out for the remainder of the year :(

If they plan on making the playoffs they will have to do it with a patchwork of lines with the voids being filled by a couple River Rats from Albany. It also makes the above mentioned trade a little harder to swallow because of teh loss of Stillman.

Fri Feb 15, 2008 3:48 pm

Softwhere wrote:Tough break for my Canes tonight, though they did beat PIT 4-2.

With Williams, Cullen (most likely), and LaRose already on the shelf for the remainder of the year, Rob "The Captain" Brind'Amour was lost as well with a torn ACL (ouch!!!). This leaves the Canes with 3 of their top six forwards and their best Penalty killer out for the remainder of the year :(

If they plan on making the playoffs they will have to do it with a patchwork of lines with the voids being filled by a couple River Rats from Albany. It also makes the above mentioned trade a little harder to swallow because of teh loss of Stillman.


I didn't know the Canes inherented the River Rats! Cool.

On the trade, I thought it was pretty even as I've never been high on Commodore.

I think you'll like Corvo.

Sun Mar 16, 2008 6:08 pm

Trade update:
I have to say the Canes appear to have gotten the best part of this deal. Today the Canes routed Ottawa 5-1, their first meeting since this trade, and Corvo had a natural hat trick. It is the first time I have have witnessed a hat trick by a blue liner since I have been a Canes fan ~1997. One of the other goals was scored by Eaves, the second peace of that trade, thus they accounted for 4 of the 5 goals. :D

My canes played this game with 4 (Brind'amour, Williams, Whitney, & Cullen) of their top 7 forwards out, not to mention 2 very important role players (Brookbank and Larose). I have watched hockey for a long time but never remember a time when one team has lost soo many players for soo many games, Brind-amour, Williams, Whitney, and LaRose are all done for the year. Cullen remains day to day with a concussion and Brookbank may be back in two weeks. This list doesn't include all the games missed by some of the D-man. :shock:

Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:44 pm

This is a very impressive run by the Hurricanes. They are 8-2-0 over their last 10 and 5 points ahead of the Caps (Caps have played one less game).

And what is with Sergei Samsonov? He has played great since joining the team.

Tue Mar 18, 2008 2:56 pm

MikeH wrote:This is a very impressive run by the Hurricanes. They are 8-2-0 over their last 10 and 5 points ahead of the Caps (Caps have played one less game).

And what is with Sergei Samsonov? He has played great since joining the team.

I think the guy is just happy to be here and Coach Laviollete has always like him since he was the coach in Boston. He was given a chance to contribute and has made the most of it, he certainly has done a great job in filling Justin Williams' shoes. Whats most impressive is that he has been very good in his own end, which is one of the things that got him in the dog house in Montreal. When you look at Mike Ribeiro and Samsonov you have to start thinking that maybe its the coaching, in Montreal, rather then the player. They have both excelled once they were freed from Carbonneau.

Tue Mar 18, 2008 8:53 pm

Softwhere wrote:
MikeH wrote:This is a very impressive run by the Hurricanes. They are 8-2-0 over their last 10 and 5 points ahead of the Caps (Caps have played one less game).

And what is with Sergei Samsonov? He has played great since joining the team.

I think the guy is just happy to be here and Coach Laviollete has always like him since he was the coach in Boston. He was given a chance to contribute and has made the most of it, he certainly has done a great job in filling Justin Williams' shoes. Whats most impressive is that he has been very good in his own end, which is one of the things that got him in the dog house in Montreal. When you look at Mike Ribeiro and Samsonov you have to start thinking that maybe its the coaching, in Montreal, rather then the player. They have both excelled once they were freed from Carbonneau.


Makes sense. Laviollete is a good coach and credit for Sergei's blossoming should begin with the coach. The talent was always there for Sergei, he just needed to put it together. So why not in Carolina?
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