Say it ain't so, Joe! As for you Patrick, we'll be seein' ya.
Today, the Senators shipped defenceman Joe Corvo and forward Patrick Eaves to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Cory Stillman and defenceman Mike Commodore.
Pretty good deal.
Both Stillman and Commodore are unrestricted free agents as of July 1, with a combined three Cups between them.
Commodore brings some much needed defensive skills to the Capital, while Stillman is no stranger to putting the biscuit in the basket. He's racked up 55 points so far this season and should be a welcome addition on the second line with Mike Fisher.
It's too bad for Eaves, though.
Hampered by nagging shoulder injuries, his season never really started. He's too small and won't last long in this league, especially if he gets hit hard again.
As for Joe Corvo, he's been a decent addition to the power play with a canon of a clapper, but still struggles defensively and has confidence issues. He's expected to be a fixture on the 'Canes power play, which ranks 17th in the league. Getting rid of Joe also opens up some cap room for next year, as he is set to make $2.75 million.
I believe this trade is a sign of things to come in the Nation's Capital. With Stillman filling up that coveted top-six forward position that everyone in the city was begging for, who's next to suit up for the Sens Army?
There's a long list of possibilities.
From the looks of it, it's shaping up to be an active deadline in O-Town. Open up that cheque-book Melnyk!
Hurricanes trade Commodore, Stillman (Raleigh News & Observer)
Sens, Hurricanes swap players (Ottawa Sun)
Senators deal Corvo, Eaves to 'Canes for Commodore, Stillman (Ottawa Citizen)