Bruins lose Kaberle, trade for Carolina's Corvo

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Bruins lose Kaberle, trade for Carolina's Corvo

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
BOSTON The Bruins essentially traded Tomas Kaberle for the more affordable version, Hurricanes defenseman Joe Corvo, on Tuesday, a day that may very well signal the end of Bostons offseason makeover.

The B's acquired Corvo for a 2012 fourth-round draft pick after Kaberle had signed with Carolina.

They lost out on Kaberle after club sources indicated they stuck to a two-year offer for the 33-year-old defenseman. He was able to secure a three-year deal with the Hurricanes for 12.75 million a lateral payoff after he earned 4.25 million a year during his last deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In an inflated free-agent market, Kaberle didnt get the swollen four or five-year deal that was given to many of his fellow defensemen with comparable stats. But he did get more than the Bruins were willing to offer, and GM Peter Chiarelli didnt begrudge Kaberle's moving on to greener pastures.

We had some talks with myself, Tomas and with his agent, Chiarelli said. I think one of the stumbling blocks was terms. I can completely respect why Tomas would want some form of term. We werent able to reach common ground in that respect.

I had been nibbling at this opportunity for a bit to acquire Corvo and it just came. You know it came down to, maybe now Carolina was going to sign Tomas, so heres a chance to be able to acquire Joe. We seized the opportunity. We do wish Tomas well as he provided us something that we greatly needed in the Stanley Cup run. Hes got a good contract with a good team now.

Corvo, 34, is in the final year of a contract paying him 2.25 million per season and gives the Bruins another fast-skating, puck-moving option with a formidable shot on the power play.

Corvo matched his career-high with 40 points for the 'Canes last year and piled up 23 power-play points in 24:47 minutes per game. If he can provide a reasonable facsimile for the Bs, they should be in good shape.

There are actually a lot of similarities between Chiarellis description of Corvo and his frequent defense partner of three years ago, Dennis Seidenberg a duo that could see some time together again this coming season.

Corvo also played on the Ottawa team that made it to the Cup finals in 2006-07, and was a former teammate of both Seidenberg and Chris Kelly.

Joes a player that has a lot of experience in this league, said Chiarelli. Hes a strong player, very good skater and has a very good shot. He can log a lot of minutes, can play the power play, be very strong on the power play, and has extensive postseason experience. Hes someone that weve talked about over the last little bit as weve progressed on some of these free agent signings.

Corvo is hoping for a smooth transition to the Bruins after experiencing ups and downs in stints with the Kings, Senators, Capitals and Hurricanes during a well-traveled career.

When you put that jersey on, its probably going to feel different if you havent done it before, so Im super excited about that, Corvo said. But my impression of playing as a visitor in Boston is, the first thing you notice are the fans. The fans are super passionate about their team. The place is always jammed.

Boston just seems like a great place to play. With the jersey and it being an Original Six team, its just going to make it that more special.

If the Bruins stand pat, they'll have 5-6 million in cap space heading into the regular season after signing restricted free agent Brad Marchand, and should have all kinds of room for a trade if the regular-season roster needs improvement.

Thats the kind of salary cap flexibility that no Stanley Cup champion has enjoyed in recent memory, and should allow Chiarelli to give the team a shot in the arm if the inevitable Cup hangover creeps into the dressing room next season.

Chiarelli announced that both Tuukka Rask (left knee) and Milan Lucic (sinus) had undergone their surgical procedures and were both healing up in anticipation of next season. Rask was spotted at Fenway Park Tuesday night with a wrap around his knee, and Lucic had his procedure done prior to the July 4 holiday. Lucic will be feeling well enough to appear in Lowell on Wednesday morning to promote his second annual Rock and Jock Celebrity Softball game for charity scheduled at LeLacheur Field on Aug. 24.

The surgeries are over now and I dont have the exact dates when they happened . . . but they were both successful, said Chiarelli. The normal rate of recovery will apply for both. With Tuukka, the arthroscopic surgery on the meniscus. With Looch, it was just the cartilage of the nose, just cleaning that up.

Chiarelli was asked if re-signing restricted free agent Brad Marchand was the last big order of business for the organization, and it seems as if that would be the case with few roster spots still open for real competition headed into training camp.

More or less," Chiarelli said. "We always look to improve. Youve heard me say that a number of times. So theres still a lot of players out there and were obviously with getting Joe Corvo in place here we really solidified our back end.

You kind of just got to keep attuned to whats going on and if something comes across your desk that you can look at, well certainly look at it. But were not going out and being real pro-active at this point now.

The Bruins also signed forward Jamie Tardif to a two-year contract and forward Josh Hennessy to a one-year contract.

Tardif, 26, captained the AHLs Grand Rapids Griffins for the last two seasons. In 2010-11, the 6-foot, 200-pound forward posted career highs in goals (27), assists (27) and points (54) in 77 games played, with 81 PIM.

Hennessy, 25, is a native of Brockton who was originally a second-round pick of the Sharks in 2003. He's played 20 games in the NHL with Ottawa. The 6-foot, 197-pounder played for the Swiss club, HC Lugano, last season, where he posted a 9-10-19 line.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs.

Morning Skate: No surprise cheap-shot artists are running wild

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Morning Skate: No surprise cheap-shot artists are running wild

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while hoping everybody on this Memorial Day takes some time to appreciate all of those that made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom. We should also take a moment to say thanks to people like the three heroes in Oregon that stood up to a hateful bigot earlier this week, and in doing so reaffirmed what the majority of people living in the US believe we are all about while trying to live up to that ideal every day.
 
-- A number of NHL legends are shaking their heads at the dirty play that we’re seeing in these playoffs, particularly those plays targeting the superstars that people pay big money to see in the postseason. Why should anybody be shocked by this? The rooting out of enforcers, and fighting, has taken accountability out of the game for the cheap-shot artists and dirty players, and leaves little real deterrant for players looking to take out opponents with dangerous plays. I wrote about this a couple of years ago when the NHL threw the book at Shawn Thornton for going after Brooks Orpik, and in doing so chose to protect somebody trying to hurt opponents (Orpik) and punish somebody trying to protect his teammates (Thornton). It was a sea change for the league, and something players didn’t forget as more and more enforcers were quickly weeded out of the NHL. This is what the rule-makers and legislators wanted, and now it’s what they’re getting just a couple of years later with dangerous stick-work, cheap shots and a general lack of respect for fellow players.
 
-- Here's why the Tampa Bay Lightning would consider trading a player like Jonathan Drouin, and the major impact that could have on the offseason trade market.
 
-- Down Goes Brown has a Stanley Cup Final rooting guide for the other 28 other fan bases now that Nashville and Pittsburgh are in the final series.

-- So which goaltender has the edge in the Stanley Cup Final: Nashville's Pekka Rinne, or Pittsburgh's two-headed monster of Matt Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury?
 
-- Scotty Bowman says winning back-to-back Stanley Cup titles has become monumentally difficult since the advent of the salary cap.
 
-- Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are pushing each other to be betters, and showing exactly how a team should be led by its superstars in the salary-cap era for the league.
 
-- For something completely different: We can confirm through this report that a lot of hot dogs are eaten in the summertime. So glad we have people to research these kinds of things.
 

Morning Skate: Sidney Crosby has been a good ambassador as the face of his NHL generation

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Morning Skate: Sidney Crosby has been a good ambassador as the face of his NHL generation

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wishing everybody a safe and relaxing Memorial Day weekend. 

*Apparently Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette has yet to try Nashville’s hot chicken despite his time behind the Preds bench. It’s okay, I have yet to try it either in my handful of visits to Music City. 

*Good stuff from PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough. Apparently it wasn’t so easy to make Wayne Gretzky’s head bleed when it came time for director Doug Liman to cut Swingers together

*Sidney Crosby cares about the history and the issues of the game, and has been a good ambassador as the face of his NHL generation despite the hate that always comes with such responsibility. 

*Puck Daddy examines Crosby’s performance in the playoffs, and the odds of him winning another Conn Smythe Trophy. 

*The Penguins have made it to the Stanley Cup Final without Kris Letang for their playoff run, and that’s an amazing accomplishment. 

*Erik Karlsson said that he will be tending to his injured foot next week, and expects a full recovery for next season after a brilliant run with his Ottawa Senators

*Larry Brooks again rails against the Stanley Cup playoff structure and it’s relation to an “absurd regular season.” Say what you will, but the fact the Penguins are there for a second straight season shoots down some of the absurdity stuff in my mind. The best team from the East is where they should be and they did it without Kris Letang to boot. 

*Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex Debrincat is confident his abilities will translate to the NHL despite his size after taking home honors as the best player in junior hockey this season. 

*For something completely different: Apparently there’s a hard core comic book geek gripe that “The Flash” is burning through bad guys too quickly. This would make sense if they couldn’t revisit these bad guys at any point, but they absolutely can go back to a big bad like Grodd anytime they want.