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Cory Stillman Traded to Carolina ... Dale Tallon Speaks

ATLANTA -- Dale Tallon traded Cory Stillman to the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday, getting a fifth round pick and pending UFA Ryan Carter (zero goals, three assists in 32 games with Canes) in the deal.

Here's what Dale had to say tonight:

IS THIS THE BEGINING OF A LOT MORE DEALS?

We're looking at all angles, all aspects in trying to get better for the future. Cory is great guy, gave his heart and soul to this team. Now he's going to a place where he won a Cup. I wish him all the best going forward.

ON CORY WAIVING NO-MOVEMENT CLAUSE AND HOW PANTHERS APPROACH THEM:

Our policy is to be totally honest when a team approaches us, to tell the player and they tell us they want to do. We'll honor any decision they make. Carolina was aggressive. Cory discussed with his family. He won the Cup there, is very popular there. He allowed us to trade him there.

DISAPPOINTED IN ONLY GETTING CARTER AND A FIFTH?

You take what you can get. That's the best offer for him we've had so far. All picks are valuable. The best possible deal, that's what we went with.

DID PAST TWO GAMES SPURN THE SELLOFF?

We've been in every game, still have an outside chance of making the playoffs. But with 22 game remaining, we can't afford any more games like that. Any loss tough to come back from. You probably have to be 8-10 games over .500 based on past years. We have to get on our high horse to do that. I want to stay competitive, keep players to get on a roll. But we have to look long term.

WHEN WILL CARTER PLAY?

He has a slight injury, upper body. We were familiar with that. We're going to call a couple of guys up from minors. We have key injuries to key players.

WAIVING STEVE BERNIER

We have got to do something to get him going. Disappointing? Yeah. It's all about performance for me and he's not performing.

ANY OTHER PLAYERS ASKED TO WAIVE NMC?

Not at this time, waiting for teams to call with the offers. No other player asked to move.


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Too bad Tallon couldn't get Jeff Skinner in the deal. Oh that's right, he could have got him FOR NOTHING last June. But why would he want a natural scorer when he could get ANOTHER defenseman? What a joke.

hey george whats going on here twitter is rining off the hook that weiss is traded . and some say tallon is saying its a long shot whats going on here ? and why is ellerby being sent down are they trying to tank to get better draft picks?

Too bad all we could get for him was a 5th rounder. Maybe Tallon's hands were tied because Cory was only willing to play for Carolina and would exercise his NMC; although you'd think a guy who's ready retire would want to play for any contender. At least Carter is a UFA so we don't have to play with him next year if Tallon doesn't want him.

Waiving Bernier to get his fire going? I think it's more like hoping some other team is willing to take him off our hands would be a more accurate statement.

I hope Tallon knows what he's doing.

This afternoon, Kovalev only returned a seventh round pick. So what we got is a disappointing return, but considering what went down just a few hours earlier, I suppose a fifth and a roster player for the rest of the year (assuming he doesn't go Kilger/Bitz on us) isn't really all that bad.

OliverTT,

I agree

We start the rebuilding just like the last one. Anyone remember.

Panthers trade the 1st overall pick to Columbus for the 3rd overall pick. Panthers draft Jay Bouwmeester!!

Just another rebuilding cycle, done the same way. PANTHERS ARE A JOKE!!!! TALLON IS A JOKE!!!! YORMARK IS A CHEAP OWNER and a SCAM ARTIST

Yormark isn't the owner...

Stillman had already won 2 Cups and is loved in Carolina. Makes perfect sense why he would want to go back there. Classy of Tallon to send him where he obviously is comfortable.

I'm glad for Stillman. He deserves to play for a better team. He'll be missed here, though. When will this team sign a high-scoring forward???

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