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The other day, I wrote about how Carolina’s thriftiness would make it difficult to reach the new salary cap floor of $48.3M. Compounding that was their lack of any progress with any of their own prospective UFAs. Since the draft, things have taken a turn and it seems like at least three of the four key UFAs will be re-signing.
Also, the Canes made a bit of an unexpected move by not offering qualifying sheets to RFAs Jiri Tlusty and Troy Bodie. The 5:00 pm deadline came and went and they are now officially on the market, waiting for the bell to ring on Friday. (Nearly) everybody else got qualifying sheets.
First, a quick word about the RFAs, then a look at the UFA situation. Then something about Sutter.
On Tuesday night, the Hurricanes won a critical game against the Panthers, earning two standings points and maintaining their slim two point cushion over the ninth place Buffalo Sabres. Carolina got a goal and an assist from Cory Stillman, and the game-winning goal from Eric Staal. Cam Ward, who has started the last 23 games in a row, made 41 saves to earn his 27th win.
Meanwhile, the Sabres defeated the Rangers 3-2 in regulation. The game put Carolina fans in a tough spot because they needed both teams to lose the game in regulation. Since this can’t happen, the next best thing was a regulation decision, and that’s what happened. The bad part is that Carolina was unable to create distance between themselves and Buffalo, but the good bit is that the Canes gained ground on the seventh place Rangers. With a game in hand, Carolina is now just one point behind the Blueshirts.
The Sabres have two games in hand on Carolina as they head into Raleigh for an epic game on Thursday. For both teams, two points is the only acceptable outcome.
The rumours and unconfirmed reports are official now. Cory Stillman has been traded back to Carolina in exchange for the injured Ryan Carter and a fifth round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Stillman, 37, whose salary this season was $3.5M, is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has 23 (7/16) points in 44 games this season, including a goal and an assist against Carolina on January 3. He has six (1/5) points on the power play.
When Carolina dealt away defenseman Ian White’s $3M contract, basically in exchange for Derek Joslin, I suspected that something was up Jim Rutherford’s sleeve. Frankly, I expected something a little younger, but I think this will work just fine. In that magical 2005-06 season, Stillman was a huge cog in the wheel during the regular season with 76 (21/55) points. Then he pitched in with 26 (9/17) in 25 playoff games, helping the Canes win the Cup.
According to a reliable source about a minute ago, the Hurricanes have made a deal that will bring Cory Stillman back to Carolina. No details yet.