Free agent Corvo reunites with Hurricanes

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Free agent Corvo reunites with Hurricanes

WILMINGTON, Mass. The regrettable Joe Corvo year in Boston is officially over as the much-maligned defenseman signed a one-year, 2 million deal with the Carolina Hurricanes, who originally traded him to the Bruins.

Corvo was second among Bruins defensemen with his 25 points during the regular season and was a respectable plus-10, but the Bs coaching staff was also very selective about putting him on the ice against the top offensive opposition. But the veteran defenseman was also a liability in the defensive zone, and his system breakdowns led to some untimely goals down the stretch.

It was another in a series of failed launches for the Bruins and puck-moving defensemen; Dennis Wideman, Matt Hunwick, Tomas Kaberle, Steve Kampfer, and Joe Corvo have all come and gone while failing to live up to Bostons need for a puck-moving blueliner.

Because of Corvos defensive zone failings, he was a healthy scratch down the stretch and at points during the playoff series against the Washington Capitals. It was pretty clear he wasnt a happy camper in Boston by the end of the season, and the feeling was mutual from the team.

Corvo told several reporters he wasnt coming back to the Bruins during breakup day following their Game 7 loss to the Capitals, and his contract with the Hurricanes guarantees it.

He referenced the difficulties he experienced transitioning to Boston when he spoke with the Hurricanes media corps.

"I'm really excited about coming back to Carolina, said Corvo on Sunday. Last year was pretty challenging for me. I feel very comfortable here, like an old shoe."

The Bruins sent a fourth-round pick to the Hurricanes in the 2012 draft in exchange for Corvos services during the 2011-12 campaign. Similarly Greg Zanon signed a two-year deal for 4.5 million with the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday duringthe first day of NHLfree agency.

Julien wonders whether Bruins shutout loss was fatigue-related

Julien wonders whether Bruins shutout loss was fatigue-related

BOSTON – The Bruins didn’t show anything on the ice in Monday afternoon’s 4-0 matinee loss, and that’s not really any kind of an overstatement.

The scoring chances were almost nonexistent despite 32 shots on net, the second period was dreadful as the Bruins gave up three goals over the course of a six minute span and there was zero added urgency in the third period once the B’s fell behind. The emotion was missing from the drop of the puck to open the game and it never showed up once the Islanders began taking control of the game.

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It was a bitterly disappointing result after the Black and Gold had played so well in their previous five games, and put in strong, winning efforts against the Panthers, Blues and Flyers.

On Monday afternoon, the passes were sloppy and errant all over the ice, there was zero physicality and the Bruins buckled once the Isles turned the intensity up just a little bit in the second period. The game was basically over once Nikolay Kulemin snapped one home wide open from the slot area with Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid and David Krejci all blowing their defensive assignments, and then Tuukka Rask followed it up by allowing a softie to Josh Bailey from a bad angle close to net.  

So Bruins head coach Claude Julien termed it a “flat” performance once it was all over with, and openly wondered whether it was fatigue-related result linked to the compacted schedule Boston has played through this season. Monday marked the seventh straight day that the Bruins held some kind of formal skate, though most of the veteran B's players stayed off the ice during last week's Wednesday off-day practice in Nashville.   

“We were flat tonight, obviously, flat from the get-go. I think that first half of the game, we didn’t give much until they scored that first goal. We were able to stay in, but we certainly weren’t generating much ourselves, from that point of view,” said Claude Julien. “His is really the first year, for me as well, going through a condensed schedule, and I’m certainly not using that as an excuse, is it fatigue?. . . But we were flat tonight. How do you explain it? I don’t know. I know that it’s frustrating. I know that it’s disappointing. That’s all I can say.

“Whether it’s mental fatigue, whatever it is. We made some mistakes tonight like, from the goals you look at, we weren’t even in the position that we’re normally in. So we were totally out of whack, as far as even defending. When you give that first goal that much room in the middle of the ice, your D’s go on the wrong side, your weak-side forward is way on the other side, and you open up the slot area, that’s something I haven’t seen much of this year. I think it said a lot from our game tonight.”

The compacted schedule certainly could be a factor for a Bruins team that’s played more games than anybody else in the Eastern Conference to this point, but the B’s also had 48 hours to recharge after winning a Saturday matinee over the Flyers. So the fatigue excuse seems a little far-fetched for a hockey club that’s no-showed a few too many times this season, and did it again on Monday afternoon against one of the worst teams in the NHL.