The Trade Deadline is February 28th at 3PM EST. What we’re doing everyday until then is do an honest roster break down of the current roster for the month of February. Today, we look at Cory Stillman.
Almost fitting that today we feature Cory Stillman in our Florida Panther roster evaluation as he’s about to play in game 1,000 tonight. While Cory hasn’t had a superstar career, he has played for some quality teams and has been to the Stanley Cup Finals on two separate occasions winning in 2003-2004 with the Tampa Bay Lightning and in 2005-2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes. Those two seasons split by the lockout, Stillman was one of only six players to win the Cup in consecutive years with two different teams.
Signed as a free agent in 2008 by JM the GM, the idea was to have Stillman bring his leadership skills and veteran savvy to a dressing room that was filled with immaturity. One man alone could not do this job, and as hard as Stillman has tried, it’s not all up to him. Each of the two plus years that Stillman has been here he has suffered from injuries. Knee, back, and shoulder problems have slowed down a player that was not all that fast to begin with.
This season in the games that he has played, especially recently, Stillman seems to be rejuvenated. He had a slow start to the season, but seems to be playing rather consistently at the moment. Cory has 22 points in 39 games so far, most of which have come since December.
As for his future with the organEYEzation, my best guess is that he’ll be traded to a contending playoff team for a draft pick. Look, he’s 37 years old, and who knows how much longer he’ll play. With all the bumps and bruises he’s accumulated lately, and with the future playoff direction of this team still unknown, he deserves a chance to get back into the post season one more time.
While he has meshed well with Marty Reasoner and Radek Dvorak on the “Century Village” line, we all know that the Panthers need to get younger. In the past I have been critical of his play, calling him slow and using other phrases that described his play as behind the others. However, say whatever you want, he found some energy, and hockey sense during this season and has found a way to make some clutch plays, and provide what he was brought here to do. Hopefully he will have left a lasting impression on some of the younger players.
What’s your thoughts on Cory?
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