Panthers ship Stillman back to Carolina

The Florida Panthers have said farewell to the veteran presence in their lineup as they announced Thursday evening that the club has shipped forward Cory Stillman to Carolina Hurricanes for forward Ryan Carter and a fifth round pick in 2011.

The 37-year old, Peterborough native, Stillman is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, and had to agree to waive his no-trade clause for the deal to go through.

The 27-year old Ryan has played 3 NHL seasons with the Hurricanes and Ducks combined, he has 12 goals and 32 points in 170 games. Since being signed by the Hurricanes back in 2006, Carter has totalled 163 penalty minutes and boats a minus-3 rating.

Stillman was drafted 6th overall by the Calgary Flames back in 1992. During his career he won 2-Stanley Cups, the first was with Tampa Bay in 2004, the year before the lockout. His second cup came in the season after the lockout, in 2006 with the Hurricanes.

In 1004 career NHL games, Stillman has 273 goals and 711 points. He is currently in the final year of a three-year $3.5 million contract. In 44 games this season, Stillman has picked up 7 goals and 16 assists with a plus-3 rating.

Adam Reid


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Pretty much, the only thing the Panthers get out of this trade is the pick. I cannot see them re-signing Ryan, and I do not see them extending Ryan. Florida will potentially lose 15 players to free agency, so this will be a brand new team come next October.