The Carolina Hurricanes made a move to solidify their club for the stretch run Thursday, acquiring left wing Cory Stillman from the Florida Panthers in exchange for center Ryan Carter and Carolina's fifth-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft.
Stillman spent three seasons with the Hurricanes between 2005 and 2008 and was a member of the team that won the Stanley Cup in 2006. Stillman had 9 goals and 17 assists in 25 games during the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The 37-year-old Stillman has scored 20 goals in a season eight times during his 15-plus seasons in the NHL. Through 44 games this season, Stillman has just 7 goals and 16 assists in 44 games.
Stillman has also made stops with the Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators.
"This was a good opportunity for us to add some experience," Carolina President and General Manager Jim Rutherford said in a statement. "Cory adds more depth to our forward lines, and we are familiar with what he is capable of doing offensively."
Carter, 27, hasn't played in a game for the Hurricanes since Feb. 10 due to a back injury. He has zero goals and 3 assists in 32 games since he was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks in November. With the Ducks, Carter had 1 goal and 2 assists in 18 games. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound forward from White Bear Lake, Minn., has played in 170 career NHL games with Anaheim (2006-10) and Carolina (2010-11), registering 12 goals, 20 assists, 32 points and 163 PIM.
“Ryan Carter is the type of big and aggressive player that can make an immediate impact as part of our forward unit,” Florida GM Dale Tallon said. “In addition, by acquiring another 2011 Draft pick we now have nine total selections this year and another opportunity to make a significant impact on the future of our franchise come June.
The Hurricanes enter Thursday night's games in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 65 points, three more than the ninth-place Buffalo Sabres, who have two games in hand on Carolina.