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.