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Bruins trade fourth round pick to Carolina for Joe Corvo

July 5, 2011

Just minutes after it was announced that the Hurricanes had signed Tomas Kaberle news of the Bruins trading a fourth round pick to the Hurricanes for Joe Corvo. The 34-year-old defensemen fills the gap that Kaberle left after signing and brings a physical game that should fit in well on the Bruins blue line. Joe Corvo will make $2.5 million in the final year of his current contract.

Corvo put up his second-best numbers in his career last year scoring 11 goals and netting 40 points while going -14 on a bad Carolina defense. He plays well in the corners and has some hands on him but doesn’t go to the box very often, getting just 18 penalty minutes in 82 games last year.

I like the signing for a lot of reasons. Not only does Corvo provide insurance on the defense but he brings experience and skill to an already experienced bunch. The Bruins didn’t rest on having a top six, knowing that injuries will happen, and now have a nice competition between Corvo, Steven Kampfer, Adam McQuaid, and Johnny Boychuk which should keep the younger blue-liners hungry. Corvo also has a big shot from the point and could be a second-line power-play guy.

Corvo has moved around a few times in his career which many could see as an indictment on his play but remember that Dennis Seidenberg kicked around before settling into Boston. I see Corvo really benefitting from playing in the Bruins system and alongside a deep defensive corps and providing a nice surprise for Bruins fans who only see 34-year-old journeyman. It’s another low-risk deal by Peter Chiarelli, who clearly likes what the Bruins have become and in this market, it’s wise to sign these kind of deals.

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