Corvo won't be back with Bruins

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Corvo won't be back with Bruins

NEWARK, NJ The biggest non-surprise of the Bruins offseason became official on Friday as Peter Chiarelli confirmed that much-maligned defenseman Joe Corvo will not be back with the Bruins.

The veteran defenseman was supposed to help with moving the puck and generating power play points with his big slap shot, but instead Corvo was exposed as a defensive liability with the Bruins. The 34-year-old actually finished second on the Bruins among defensemen with 25 points and finished a plus-10 for the year, but suffered from bad judgment and soft play in the defensive end.

In Claude Juliens system thats something that cant be abided. So the defenseman was scratched at points during the seven game playoff series against the Washington Capitals, and wasnt taking too well to watching games from the press box during long stretches at the end of the regular season.

Dougie Hamilton and Taylor Krug are both candidates to make the team next season if they can put up good training camp performances, and the Bruins may even make a move or two for another defenseman.

It sounded at Bruins breakup day like Corvo wasnt too keen on returning to Boston after a disappointing year with the Bs, and apparently the feeling is most definitely mutual.

We have a few young players that we feel may be ready to contribute at the defenseman position. There may be a player that can fill that spot better, said Chiarelli. Its a number of different things.

Chiarelli told Greg Zanon, Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau that hell touch base with them after free agency on July 1, but didnt give any substantial updates on negotiations with Chris Kelly, Tuukka Rask, or Gregory Campbell after locking up fourth line wing Daniel Paille this week.

I havent dismissed the notion of any of those players coming back, said Chiarelli. Wed like to bring as many guys back as we can.

Apparently Corvo is the only one thats been dismissed at this point.

Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

BOSTON – The Bruins simply weren’t ready to play on Thursday night when the puck was dropped against the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden. 

They fell down quickly by a 2-0 score, had a couple of completely inept power plays in the first period that sucked all the game’s momentum away from them and received some subpar goaltending from Anton Khudobin on the way to a 4-2 loss to the lowly Avs. About the only B’s person above reproach in this one was David Pastrnak after scoring a pair of goals in the second period to get Boston back into the game, but it all fell short in a very frustrating, lackadaisical loss to a Western Conference team that isn’t very good. 

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Needless to say B’s coach Claude Julien wasn’t too happy after a loss where the Bruins might have had more success with a smarter approach to holding the puck. 

“There were a lot of problematic things [in the loss]. No doubt that the power play could have helped us in the first period, and failed to do that. They’ve got to be better,” said Julien. “We needed some saves tonight, and we didn’t get them. [Anton Khudobin] has got to be better. 

“A lot of things here that we can be better at, and take responsibility [for]. But at the same time, you got to move on here.  It’s one of those nights that had we been smarter from the get go, we would have had a chance.”

Clearly it was about a lacking group effort when dissecting the loss, and the minus-3 for David Krejci on Thursday night marked back-to-back negative performances from the playmaking Czech center in big spots. The goaltending was shoddy with Anton Khudobin allowing four goals on 22 shots for Colorado, and unable to make plays on a couple of Colorado shots from outside the painted area that built up the Avs lead in the first place. 

But it was also very much about the inability of the Bruins to generate consistent offense outside of David Pastrnak’s offensive burst in the second period, and the complete breakdown of the Boston power play in the opening 20 minutes. The Bruins struggled to enter the zone in their first PP possession of the game, and then allowed a Nathan MacKinnon shorthanded goal after Torey Krug futilely dove at the blue line to try and keep the puck in the offensive zone. 

The Krug misplay at the offensive blue line gave MacKinnon a clear path the net, and he buried a wrist shot past Khudobin to get the one-sided loss rolling. Beyond the costly mistakes that ended up in the back of the net, the Bruins looked sloppy and slow-reacting in their breakouts and more than willing to settle for outside perimeter shots.

That doesn’t exactly make for a winning combo even when it comes against a flawed, underachieving team like Colorado, and especially when it comes less than 24 hours after a hard-fought road game in Washington DC. 

“I think we were still sleeping there early in the game and they were able to capitalize on their opportunities. We couldn’t claw our way back,” said Brad Marchand, who picked up an assist on David Pastrnak’s second goal of the night on a perfect dish for the one-timer. “I think it was definitely a mental [block]. You’re able to battle through that physical fatigue. It was more the mental mistakes and not being prepared right off the hop of the start of the game. Again, that’s kind of where we lost it.”

The sleepwalking Bruins lost Thursday night’s valuable two points as soon as the opening puck was dropped against the Avalanche, of course, and the Bruins never got out of lollygag mode at a time when intensity should have been automatic.