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Fire Sale Begins. Stillman Off To Carolina.

A quick hit here as the news of this trade has just recently been announced.  Florida Panthers forward Cory Stillman has been traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for center Ryan Carter and a fifth round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.  Stillman who was an alternate captain for the Panthers heads back to a team that he won a Stanley Cup with in 2005, after winning one in 2003 with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Cory brought in for his veteran presence by Uncle Jack in 2008 was in the last year of a contract and is a pending unrestricted free agent after this season is over. Stillman who has 23 points in 44 games this season and has missed some action due to injuries.  Cory had recently played in his 1,000th NHL game and was due to be honored at the next Panthers home game.

In return for Stillman the Panthers receive center Ryan Carter and a fifth round pick in this summers draft.  Carter is a 27 year old center who has played for both Anaheim and Carolina this season.  In 5o games so far he’s compiled 6 points.  He’s  currently listed as day to day with an upper body injury and we will most likely not see him for a game or two.  Listed at 6′ 0″ and 200 lbs, he could be destined for 4th line duty.

While not an overly busy day, George Richards was able to catch up with Panther General Manager Dale Tallon.  On Frozen Pond.

In other moves the Panthers placed Steve Bernier on waivers today, and recalled defenceman Joe Callahan, Michal Repik, and Bill Thomas.

In a head scratcher the Panthers sent defenceman Keaton Ellerby to Rochester.  Much like the “Bag skate” that Peter DeBoer put the troops through today, I don’t get it.

More moves to come?  We’ll see.  If the knock your socks off deals materialize there will be some more, if not, expect a few more minor one’s like today.

Did we get enough, or should we be happy with what we got for an aging, slow, yet quality guy?

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