February 12, 2008

TRADE DEADLINE: The First Domino

The Ottawa Senators fired the first salvo for this trade season by acquiring Cory Stillman and Mike Commodore from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Patrick Eaves and Joe Corvo. This deal, considering what has gone on in the trade ranks, is considered a blockbuster.

It’s hard to determine if there’s a winner or loser in this deal. Looking at this from an Ottawa perspective, the Sens gain some valuable playoff experience and three Cup rings with Stillman and Commodore. Also, since both are unrestricted free agents at the end of the season; it’ll free up some salary cap space heading into the off-season. In Cory Stillman, the Sens get some much needed secondary scoring. Stillman should compliment Mike Fisher very well in getting the pressure off the ASH line of Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza, and Dany Heatley.

Commodore, on the other hand, will provide a great resource for the younger defenseman, most notably Andrej Meszaros. As well, Commodore will give some added grit on the back-line and be able to mix it up more frequently in the corners and in front of the net. In addition, it could help out Martin Gerber having a familiar face like Commodore in the fold. It’s a reach, yes, but stranger things have happened.

On the Canes side, they’re able to get a puck moving defenseman and young prospect who are both on the payroll for next season as well. In Corvo, the Canes get an offensive minded defenseman who has put up some constant numbers since his breakout season in ’05-’06. However, those points seem to come in bunches, as Corvo has been known to be streaky.

Eaves is a wild card in this deal. The oft-injured winger can be an offensive force if put with the right pairing. Though he hasn’t been able to rekindle the success he had in college, Eaves has all the tools to be a scoring threat for the Canes. Yet, the biggest question mark is whether or not he’ll be healthy for long enough to string along consistent scoring.

I think when you look at everything—the Sens could be a slight winner in all of this. Not only are they able to get some scoring and experience, but they free up some money heading into the free agency market this summer. The Canes can take solice in the fact they were able to get some valuable resources for the future in exchange for two guys who may not be back on the team next season.

When all is said and done, this could be the fire that is lit under the asses of many GMs who were waiting for someone else to make the first move. I’ll be back tomorrow to talk about players who may need to fill out a change of address form by February 26th.

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1 comment:

WufPirate said...

young prospect who are both on the payroll for next season as well

Just cause I'm a dick, I'll correct you and say that Eaves is an RFA this summer.