For now and later
Sometimes a deal just makes sense for both teams.
By acquiring defenseman
If you need to see the edge given to someone here, hand it to the Senators. Ottawa's long had two deficiencies: not enough offensive depth behind
Commodore plays a smart, defensive game with a controlled physical edge. He led the Canes in penalty minutes (74) and was third in hits (93), while ranking first in ice time among the team's blueliners (tk). He'll make Ottawa harder to play against, and should be more effective with a lightened work load.
Stillman is the poster boy for underappreciated players. He's averaged nearly a point per game over the last four seasons in relative anonymity. Though not a classic banger, he gives as good as he gets and thrives by going to the hard places. With 21 goals through 55 games, he's on pace for a career high, and he'll give the Sens the reliable top-six forward they've been seeking for two years. The fact that he popped in 9 goals and 26 points in 25 games during the 2006 playoffs makes him an especially appealing addition.
Both players are headed for unrestricted free agency this summer, which creates some options for Ottawa's cash-strapped GM
In Corvo, Carolina gets the offensive-minded defender they've been lacking for the past couple years. Despite playing mostly on the third pairing in Ottawa, he trailed only Redden in blueliner scoring, thanks to his 15 points on the power play. He has two years left on his deal, a factor that had to appeal to a team with just three veterans (
Eaves, a 2003 first rounder (29th overall), is the high risk, high reward player in the deal. He had 20 goals as a rookie in 2005-06, and is seen as someone with 30-goal potential. But he's been a bust this season, missing 29 games with various injuries and failing to carve out a spot for himself when healthy. The change of scenery may do him good. An RFA this summer, Eaves likely won't cost Carolina a fortune to re-sign, and gives them a much-needed injection of youth up front.