Two Southeast Division teams have completed a trade, with the Florida Panthers sending veteran forward Cory Stillman to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for center Ryan Carter and a fifth round selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
The Florida Panthers are completely out of the playoff picture this season, and have given longtime veteran Stillman, 37, a chance at a playoff run with the Hurricanes. Stillman is still a productive player and should give Carolina some offensive depth entering the playoffs. He is in the final year of his contract, becoming a free agent at the end of the season.
In exchange, the Canes sent Ryan Carter to Florida. Carter started the season as a member of the Anaheim Ducks. In 32 games with Carolina, Carter has tallied only three assists.
This is Stillman’s second run with Carolina. He was a key member of their 2006 Stanley Cup Champion team, and previously won the Cup in 2004 with the Tampa Bay Lightning.