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Stillman, Commodore headed to Ottawa after trade from Carolina

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators acquired forward Cory Stillman
and defenseman Mike Commodore from the Carolina Hurricanes for
forward Patrick Eaves and defenseman Joe Corvo on Monday.


Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Stillman waived a
no-trade clause to complete the deal.


"We're very happy to address one of our needs, making our
defense more mobile and adding a player like Joe that can play on
the power play," Rutherford said. "Also, we view Patrick as a
real character player, a real good young player that can fit into
our style of play."


Stillman and Commodore were part of Carolina's championship team
in 2006. Stillman also won a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004.


"It's very tough to say goodbye to guys that we part of winning
a championship," Rutherford added. "So this is a tough deal, but
one that's necessary."


Stillman and Commodore will each be unrestricted free agents
July 1. Eaves will be a restricted free agent while Corvo has two
more seasons left at $2.75 million per year.


The Senators lead the Eastern Conference and have made few
changes from the team that lost to Anaheim in last year's Stanley
Cup. But they've struggled of late and Senators GM Bryan Murray
worked the phones trying to make a deal.


Stillman, who earned $1.75 million this year, has 21 goals and
25 assists in 55 games. The Senators had been looking to add a top
forward to complement leading scorers Daniel Alfredsson, Dany
Heatley and Jason Spezza.


Commodore is a rugged defenseman who had 12 points and 74
penalty minutes in 41 games. He earns $1.3 million.


Eaves had four goals and six assists in 26 games. Corvo had six
goals and 21 assists in 51 games.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.