Corvo: Bruins' system requires an 'adjustment'


Corvo: Bruins' system requires an 'adjustment'

By Joe Haggerty Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
BOSTON -- Joe Corvo isnt mincing any words when it comes to the transition in Boston.

The Bruins way of doing things defensively is a little different than anything hes used to, but Corvo is slowly and surely getting adjusted to the Claude Juliens Box-plus-1 system of zone coverage in the D-zone. Corvo had always played more of a man-to-man style of defense in Carolina, Ottawa and Los Angeles, and those instincts will more than likely cause some mistakes.

Im just trying to keep it all out of my head in terms of thinking it out, said Corvo. I just want to play out there and see what happens. If something goes wrong then Ill correct it. But it is a little bit of an adjustment.

Im quick enough to play man-on-man and its one of my tendencies on the ice. But obviously Im going to have to get used to being a little more patient and playing more of a zone. Youre dead in the water if you find yourself thinking your way through it and things seem like theyre going a million miles an hour. You get reps in practice and itll come.

The hope is that Corvos systemic gaffes come during the preseason, and that everything is down pat for the 33-year-old defenseman before the regular season begins against the Flyers next week at TD Garden.

One advantage over Corvos past: Hes got the entire preseason to orient himself to the Bruins personnel and playing style as opposed to parachuting in at the trade deadline as hes done previously.

Its night and day. Obviously I can sit down and watch video, and make mistakes during the preseason and its not going to count, said Corvo. The adjustment period is so much easier.

For a guy thats only played a single preseason game due to tightness in his groin, Corvo is eager to jump into a little more action this week to get the blood pumping and the adrenaline flowing.

Its good to have them at the end so I can get my pace back and get my speed back, said Corvo. I feel like Im getting pretty close. The timing is perfect because weve got a couple of games. Hopefully I get in at least one of them and then I'll just be ready to go.

Its a strong bet that Corvo will play at least one of the remaining two games if not both and the Bruins coaching staff wants to get a better sense of how the defensemens skills will blend in with Bostons defensemen corps. It was pretty plain to see how much of an upgrade Corvo will provide after watching one single game of the defensemen rapidly carrying the puck up ice and unloading heavy shots on the opposing goaltender.

When Corvo first came in the league he might have been a little bit more high risk, but he's really toned down his game a little bit, said Julien. He knows his strengths and weaknesses. I think he plays within his strengths, and one of the things that we like about him is that he skates well and moves the puck well.

He'll carry it when he has to carry it, he competes hard, he's a battler, he's got a great shot and he'll help our power play. So there are a lot a lot of assets and there's not much for us to complain about this guy.

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Morning Skate: NHL passes on participating in 2018 Olympics


Morning Skate: NHL passes on participating in 2018 Olympics

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while still digesting all of the awesome trailers and tidbits released at Comic Con in San Diego. 

*The NHL says there is no alternative regular season schedule for next season, and that any hope of participating in the Olympics is dead

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Predators just one Ryan Johansen deal away from a piece of salary cap artwork, and being able to keep everything together.  

*Clark Booth is either upset or mystified that the Bruins haven’t done anything this offseason. My good man Clark, they need to re-sign David Pastrnak and let some of their young prospects continue to grow and develop. Better that than sign another premium-priced contract to a player like David Backes or Matt Beleskey. They don’t need that at this point. And they shouldn’t panic and trade one of their good, young players either. 

*Former UMass-Lowell goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has agreed to a one-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets. 

*It’s a wonderful time to be a sports fan in Pittsburgh as the Penguins have been dominant, and it looks like the Steelers are in position to finish in second place behind the New England Patriots in the AFC. Well, that’s something to write home about. 

*Minnesota native Kyle Okposo opens up for the first time about a scary season-ender with the Buffalo Sabres where Illness forced him to the hospital. 

*Larry Brooks explains why the New York Rangers have short-changed Mika Zibanejad in their salary arbitration exercise. 

*For something completely different: Are you kidding me with this Stranger Things 2 trailer to Michael Jackson’s Thriller? This looks awesome. 

Morning Skate: Tempered expectations for Bolts' rookie Sergachev


Morning Skate: Tempered expectations for Bolts' rookie Sergachev

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while simply shaking my head at David Price. What a typically soft, boorish ballplayer not meant for a big market where more is expected of those wearing the Red Sox uniform.

*There are tempered expectations for rookie defenseman Mikhail Sergachev as he gets things going with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

*Keith Yandle believes that Dale Tallon being back in charge of the Florida Panthers is going to bring unity and solidarity to the Panthers once again.

*Kevin Shattenkirk believes that the New York Rangers are right on the cusp of challenging for a Stanley Cup title.

*Here 20 thoughts from the just-concluded Chicago Blackhawks prospect camp, where there’s some pretty strong, young talent.

*Even as the highest-paid player in the NHL, Connor McDavid is underpaid for what he brings to the table, says Ron MacLean.

*Interesting look at the Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog situation in Colorado, where both players have watched their performance fall off a bit. This is why I’d be very nervous about giving up the farm to trade for either of these players if I’m the Bruins. The jury is out on whether they’re in decline as players, or if it’s simply the mess in Colorado getting them down.  

*For something completely different: What a sweet interaction between "Wonder Woman" Gal Gadot and a young, emotional fan all decked out in WW gear.