Sens and 'Canes: 4-Player Deal

TSN is reporting that the Ottawa Senators have completed a 4-player deal sending Joe Corvo and Patrick Eaves to the Hurricanes for Mike Commodore and Cory Stillman. a Sens fan, this deal seems as if Ottawa is “making a move to make a move”, and does not really them any better. Cory Stillman is a good player, but past his prime, (Bryan Smolinski deja vu, anyone?).

And giving up Corvo for Commodore is trading your only proper (and fastest skating, best puck-handling) offensive defenseman for another physical stay-at-home guy, when we already have four of those.

Complicating matters is that both Commodore and Stillman are UFA’s at the end of this season.

Looks like the intent of this move was the Sens trying to gain more experienced players while making room for re-signing Wade Redden, (no thanks).

Sens fans can only hope GM Bryan Murray has something else planned, as the ‘Canes are the clear winners of this trade.

45 Responses to Sens and 'Canes: 4-Player Deal

  1. pezzz says:

    canes the winners of this deal??? you're a true fool.

    Corvo was overpaid, and inked for the next 2 years.

    Stillman has 45 points in 54 games this year, and has 2 stanley cup rings. He's a hardworker, a true leader and will fit well with Fisher on the 2nd line.

    Yes Commodore is another stay-at-home d-man, but our D was lacking physical play since a few months. He'll bring this.

    for Eaves, yes he's a good young player, but he's injury prone, and often for long runs. and he was RFA at the end of the year, so expecting a raise of salary (sens cannot afford this).

    I think that player for player the Sens win the deal, but the Canes got something they really needed, a PP guy in Corvo. so good deal for both teams.

  2. Kyleton says:

    While i do believe this is a win for the cane, it is a fantastic deal for both teams. Commodore is a solid defense man that plays very well in the playoffs and I am sure was on most of the teams lists.  Commodore will play a vital role in the sens playoff run this year, and stillman does add some secondary scoring.

    Eaves is a good young player and should do well in Carolina over the next few years as he fits into their type of game.  And Corvo also is a great addition and will help the canes greatly.

    Solid trade for both teams, fits their needs perfectly

  3. leafsrule12345 says:

    Sens win short term (both players UFA's; two cup rings from Stillman; playoff experience from Commodore)

    Sens win long term (by losing Corvo, Sens get money to resign key RFA's & UFA's)

  4. flamingsenator says:

    both winners in this deal in my opinion

    for a second i thought murry took advice from daryl sutter haha

    if they can sign commodore for 2.5 mil…this trade will be worth it

    canes could have gotten a better puck carrier(shoud have acually..if they want to compete)

    hopefully this starts the trading

  5. DJTOKid says:

    Commodore has a ring too. fyi.

  6. leafy says:

    Good deal for Ottawa. I've been a fan of Commodore for a long time, and I've always liked Stillman.  Two solid playoff guys.  Murray knows what he's doing.

    Commodore's a solid in your face D while Stillman knows how to play the game and still has good skill.  Corvo is not a huge loss.  Eaves might come back to haunt Ottawa, but it's a gamble worth taking at this stage in my view.

  7. Rickler says:

    I think Stillman is going to fit in very well with the Senators.
    Carolina is one team in the NHL with very good team depth at the forward position. It's a win-win situation for both clubs addressing different needs.
    That being said, i think the Sens come out ahead big time in this deal.
    Stillman might not be the piece that wins you the Stanley Cup, but he's definitely going to shore up the lack of secondary scoring in Ottawa.

  8. cartino says:

    As a sens fan, i really like the trade.

    Both players are affordable, bring something to the table, have cup rings/experience and can both be re-signed for decent deals with a pa raise.

    Ottawas D has not been pkaying well this year, and getting rid of Joe "Uh Oh" Corvo improves our D. Stillman although not flashy gets points. Put alfie on his line and lets see what happens.

    Face it Ottawa is a contending team, a canadian team, and a nice city, getting players to re-sign here isn't much of an issue!

  9. A-Train24 says:

    3 words.  Stanley Cup Champions

    Stillman and Commodore bring not only Stanley Cup Rings to the team, but both of them have proven playoff credentials (Stillman 25 pts in 26 games, Commodore, solid with Calgary and Carolina).

    Stillman will help with secondary scoring, easily making up the offense of both Corvo and Eaves (though the powerplay takes a hit with the loss of Corvo) and the defense is instantly better, both with the substraction of Uh Oh Corvo and the addition of in your face Commodore.

    Both are rentals, but they could both potentially be re-signed if Redden walks this summer (especially if the Sens win the Cup) to, say 3.5-4.5 million for Stillman and 2-2.5 million for Commodore.

    As for Carolina, they get their much needed offensive minded, PP Quaterback (though an overpaid one) and a good young forward with 25-25-50 potential.

    Both teams win, with the edge going to the Sens if they can re-sign their key UFAs (Stillman, Commodore, Redden, Kelly) 

  10. habsrock99 says:

    I guess it's safe to say that the Erik Cole to Ottawa rumours are officially done.

    This is a very good deal for the Sens as Stillman's been a solid producer all year long. Commodore's a brick house on D, at least from what I remember, and should be a great fit along the blueline.

    Jesus, I just thought of a Volchenkov-Commodore D pairing and my bones ache just thinking about it.

  11. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    i just hope the sens trade some draft picks as well. they have few prospects, and the younger players are getting older.

    the big question is will Stillman play on the second line or join Heatly and spezza on the top line.

  12. mojo19 says:

    Good move for both teams. Carolina obviously realizes how much of a raise Stillman is going to command when he tests free agency this summer. But as of right now, this year alone, Stillman is definitely the best of the 4 players involved in this deal and he'll give the Sens some much needed secondary scoring.

  13. DevilsDynasty says:

    Nobody would ever remember who Commodore was if he didnt have that silly red hair.

  14. blake19 says:

    this is a hockey trade and like some1 eles said its good for both teams, and i think it will really help the sens playoff run, stillman has 2 cups and commadores been to the finals twice..and that makes the addition even better

  15. ovechkin8 says:

    WOW I really thought corvo would be an oiler….

  16. Wings19 says:

    How are the Cane's the clear winners of this trade??? Stillman is on pace for a 30 goal year. Commodore is a great stay at home defensemen with very good size at 6'5 and 230 pounds. Plus the Senators lose Corvo's salary for the 5.5 million in Corvo's salary over the next two years. Eaves' short NHL career has been full of injuries. If the Sens are able to re-sign both Stillman and Commodore, then it will be a great trade on their part.

  17. Wings19 says:

    I'm really glad hes not.

  18. prayin-for-the-wce says:

    Sigh, I tried to post this like 10 times yesterday.  For some reason, it won't let me submit my article even from the logon menu.  I have no idea why it says im not a registered user, i mean im signed on, and from my stat page i click submit and it says that im not registered.  Seriously, this has been a ongoing problem lately.  8/10 times i try to submit news i always get this msg, even when im logged on. 

  19. papichulo71 says:

    The Sens are the winners in this trade simply by the fact that they now have the option at the end of the playoffs to either re-sign Redden or re-sign Stillman.

  20. mojo19 says:

    You were making a good point right up until the end. Don't forget Heatley and Spezza's new contracts kick in next year. There's no way they re-sign Stillman at the $4 million+ he'll be seeking. 

  21. mojo19 says:

    They won't have enough to re-sign either unless Redden takes a big paycut. Those guys will be replaced with cheaper players after this year.

  22. percussio says:

    I think this will give them that extra depth they need but I still think he's got something up his sleeve, something's coming. Gotta give it to Murray though, he's really determined to get that cup. I hope the Sens get it this year.

    What a beating the Habs took on Saturday. Didnt help to have Hamrlik and O'Byrne out of the lineup but christ that was a massacre. Props to the Sens and their first line from hell. 

  23. billypilgrim says:

    Ottawa just got a little better. More production from the second line and harder to score against. If this team stays healthy and doesn't win the cup it never will. Only thing left is to decide on a goaltender and make sure he's confident before the "real season" begins.

  24. senators101 says:

    I think this was a pretty even trade.  Ottawa benefits now without overpaying (cuz i'm sure someone would have for stillman and his experience) and Carolina gets a solid offensive defenseman and eaves.

    I like the addition of Stillman and Commodore and we didn't lose any cap space in this trade, so we still got some room available. 

    I'm just not sure what Ott plans to do on the powerplay.  We got Reds/Meszaros and Schubert can fill in, but no 4th. 

  25. BruMagnus says:

    I agree. I think Stillman will do fantastic for the Sens.
    Before the Canes were stuck down with injuries, Stillman was in the Top 20 of NHL scoring. He will add fantastic secondary scoring for that one-line team. Getting rid of Corvo is magical. Eaves… well, time will tell about that, but given their Cap situation and that Eaves would probably want a decent raise, it's a good move for the Sens.
    All in all it's a good trade for both teams.

  26. BruMagnus says:

     I think Stillman will do fantastic for the Sens.
    Before the Canes were stuck down with injuries, Stillman was in the Top 20 of NHL scoring. He will add fantastic secondary scoring for that one-line team. Getting rid of Corvo is magical. Eaves… well, time will tell about that, but given their Cap situation and that Eaves would probably want a decent raise, it's a good move for the Sens.
    All in all it's a good trade for both teams.

  27. BruMagnus says:

    Check your HTR inbox.

  28. crayzy8 says:

    Radio: You call yourself a Sens fan, then answer this. How many times this season has Corvo given up the puck that lead to a direct goal, too many to count. Corvo's turnovers and huge salary makes him a liability. I do however like Corvo and Eaves, but Stillman IS a winner, Commodore IS a winner. Stillman will work very well with Fisher. He left Monday's practice with a little groin injury and is iffy for Tuesday's game against Buffalo. I would like to see Fisher play tonight. Commodore is a tough 6'5" defensive defenseman. I can't wait to see him clear a path in front of Emery tonight. These 2 guys are going to want to make an impression.

    This is a GREAT move for Ottawa. Radio is a homer, and it wouldn't have mattered if we traded Corvo and Eaves for Crosby, he still would've hated the move.

  29. Radio says:

    I disagree, I would only ask that Pittsburgh throw in Malkin with Crosby for Eaves and Corvo. then we've got value for value.

    We'll see how the trade plays out.

  30. leafy says:

    Perfect bang on assessment.  Commodore is dynamite back there, he hits hard and he's nasty.  Exactly the type of D that wins Stanley Cups.  Plus getting Stillman as well?  Brilliant move by Murray.

  31. leafy says:

    I immediately remembered that game in Carolina when the Leafs blew a 2-0 lead.  You could see it that Stillman's still got it.

    But from Carolina's standpoint, they end up getting 2 good players for a couple of guys who will be UFAs.  That's pretty good.

  32. leafy says:

    Definitely Bryan Murray is convinced that the future is now for the Sens.  But if he really wants the Cup, he'd best be advised to get a top notch goalie.  I can't see either Gerber or Emery winning 4 rounds.

  33. hockey_lover says:

    Seriously .. what?

  34. A-Train24 says:

    Alfie has played the point before, look for him and Redden on the point for the first pp unit with Heatly, Spezz and Fisher or Stillman.  Second unit should have Schubert and Mesz on the point with Stillman or Fisher, and any combo of Vermette, Robitaille, and Neil up front.

  35. teezer6969 says:

    Well im not a fan of ottawa i actually am one of the few that think they were going to get eliminated in the 1st round because of they had 4 problems and this trade fixed all of them except one the problems were not enough winners as stanly cup winners they got 2 now with experience 2 defense wich now is solid with 6'5 commodore, 3 was a one line team now their a 2 line tema that could win them a stanly cup but the one thing im still not so sure about is their goaltending im seriouse i dont see emery or gerber winning a stanly cup little babies and fragile goalies dont win cups i like to call it karma for emery and gerber i feel bad for how weak his mind is … well if ottawa trades for a goalie then for sure im going with ottawa to win the cup at least its a canadian team … Maybe one day my habs will win the cup maybe this year if ottawa doesnt trade for a goalie heres hoping

  36. teezer6969 says:

    A few reasons why both teams won the deal 1st ottawa at first looks like they won the deal by a mile well they might of well just did do that because the 2 guys their bringing in could make them win the cup this year and they got rid of a mistake in corvo signing him to a huge contract but isnt it whats it all about to win a cup well they just might of done that

    Carolina could win the deal in the long run if eaves turns out to be what he's suppose to but why carolina could win this deal is because they could resign stillman and commodore after this season and that would give them stillman,commodore,corvo,eaves and for ottawa nobody wich would mean carolina wins the deal in a land slide

    if that true then ottawa could still win because they needed money to resign redden wich now they could keep so either way ottawa could win and carolina could win great deal for both sides

  37. Kamakaze says:

    I’m not quite understanding this deal from Carolina’s perspective.

    Sure, they add a pretty good power-play defenseman, but they loose one of their toughest net-clearing defenseman. They also loose ton’s of experience in return for a borderline prospect who hasn’t proved much, even given an opportunity to play with two of the best at their positions (Heatley and Spezza), and a player who is about one trade away from officially being a journeyman.

    Seems like they traded to fill one hole, only to create another. I don’t get it.

    Ottawa gets pretty much exactly what they need, cup winning veterans, a huge tough defenseman and secondary scoring. That frees up players like Redden to be more offensive-minded on defense, and alleviates pressure from the Spezza line, and gives players like Vermette and Fisher someone who can actually put the puck in the net. It also gives them the option of separating Heatley and Alfredson to create two solid scoring lines, AND allows Fisher to concentrate more on the defensive aspect of his game.

    I just don’t see how this makes sense for Carolina. While it is arguable that they have gotten worse, they certainly didn’t get better.

  38. senators101 says:

    That's what I'm expecting… but the whole point of corvo and preissing was so he didnt have to do that… memories of pominville going around alfy comes to mind.

  39. jimbob says:

    It looks like sens brass lost patience in Eaves.  He is definitely a hit or miss player.  Ottawa's biggest problem during their slide, especially prevalent in their latest loss to Toronto, was that they could not clear in front of the net.  Commodore really does remedy that issue.  At the same time, there are only 2 puck moving d-men.  Volchenkov has underrated passing skills IMO, and Phillips was originally supposed to have more offensive talent, but still, they have become a lot less mobile.

    I honestly don't know how Stillman would fit in with Fisher.  Ottawa's biggest problem was that Fisher is the best 3rd line center in the league, but he's playing on the second line.  I still think Ottawa needs a playmaking center, put him between Alfredsson and Stillman.  After the stillman trade, I am honestly thinking it might be a good idea to go for Comrie or Federov.  Comrie didn't do that well in the playoffs last year, but he was playing through an injury.  Federov would also be a wild card.

    Corvo is actually a tougher loss than most people may think.  He was pretty good in the playoffs.  I still remember that goal he scored game 2 against buffalo.  Classic.

  40. NiittymakiForVezina says:

    They were both UFA's at the end of the year, now they get players for them instead of nothing. It seems like they've given up on this season a bit.

  41. Radio says:

    After that it's Ovechkin for Nick Foligno. I know we'd be getting ripped a bit, but I think we can sacrifice the grinding skills.

  42. Radio says:

    After game one with new guys, the trade only seemed to have a a negative impact.

    Let's give it some more time for game two.

  43. Radio says:

    Game 2 = more of same.

  44. Radio says:

    I'd say that even tho the Canes didn't make the playoffs, the result of this season and impact of traded players suggest that in the end Carolina got the better deal.

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