Corvo needs consistency, short memory

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Corvo needs consistency, short memory

Joe Corvo has experienced high and low moments already for the Bruins this season.

Hes watched a team win 14 out of 15 games in a bulletproof stretch and he dropped the gloves for the first time in his NHL career. Hes shown off some of the attributes most closely associated with his game: the velvet touch with the puck around the blue line that keeps possession in the offensive zone and the ability to move the puck up the ice quickly.

But the veteran blueliner was also billed as a player that would shoot the puck and get results on the power play with the aforementioned heavy point shot. Corvo has fired off 58 shots in 27 games, and doesnt have a single goal to go along with his 10 assists this season. Hes also run hot and cold with his play in the defensive zone, and thats something everyone expected given his strengths and weaknesses as a player.

But hes been on the ice for each of the last four goals scored against the Bruins, and was a big part of defensive breakdowns in the losses to the Jets and Panthers in the last two games. Corvo mentioned his offensive struggles when he spoke about his fight earlier this season, so thats been on his mind.

In fact Bs coach Claude Julien said that if anything Corvo is too tough on himself, and he needs to have a shorter memory when it comes to mistakes on the ice. Instead those turnovers and defensive miscues can linger, and a play like Tomas Kopeckys game-winning goal for the Panthers could linger with him after he failed to clear the puck from the front of the net.

I think he is, said Claude Julien when asked if Corvo is battling consistency. The one thing I like about him is that hes a really committed guy and the one flaw I see in him is that hes really hard on himself. Id say its hurting him more than its helping him.

Like a lot of guys he needs to take a step back and understand hes got the skill: he can skate, he can shoot and he can pass. But right now the minute he makes a mistake and carries it through the whole game. That just makes it worse.

According to his coach, Corvo needs to simply leave a shift behind whether its a bad one or a good one. Then simply carry on with the job of carrying the puck and giving Boston a solid middle defensemen pairing with Dennis Seidenberg but both blueliners have battled with consistency this season.

He needs to support himself and needs our support, said Julien. Thats his biggest flaw right now.

Thats the kind of flaw Corvo could turn around rather quickly, and all it might take is a single goal to drop for him while skating in a Black and Gold uniform.

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars being released today. Amazing that the power and influence of the best movie franchise in cinematic history are just as strong today as it was four decades ago. I still remember my first time seeing it as a very little kid with my parents at the dearly departed Starlight Drive-In in North Reading.

*Good guy and recently fired Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army talks about a rough past season with the Avs, and some of the difficulties they faced in a truly terrible season. The former Providence College head coach and good hockey man shouldn’t have much trouble finding his next gig.

*A great move by the Arizona Coyotes, who have hired former Bruins forward Craig Cunningham as a pro scout after his awful medical situation last season that resulted in his leg getting amputated. Cunningham is a hard worker and a hockey lifer, and that’s exactly the kind of traits that the best scouts have in huge amounts.

*The New Jersey Devils have fired a number of employees after a rough season, including a groundbreaking radio analyst.

*With the ultra-competitive demand for an edge in NHL player development, teams are beginning to look to Europe for more and more diamonds in the rough. The Bruins tried that with Joonas Kemppainen, but it didn’t work out so well.

*One of the real big advantages of the Nashville Predators getting to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time is a national spotlight getting flashed on PK Subban, who shows off his personality in a rare ESPN interview of a hockey player featured on the network's magazine show.

*Ryan Johansen isn’t done talking smack to Ryan Kesler after the Predators prevailed over the Ducks, and it’s some delicious playoff hatred.

*Is the NHL ready to draft another goaltender with the last name DiPietro in the first round? Inquiring minds want to know, but I’d recommend the New York Islanders take a pass just in the name of avoiding a repeat of some bad history for them.

*Taylor Hall sounds pretty bitter about the whole “Edmonton Oilers getting into the playoff without him” thing, doesn’t he?

*For something completely different: As mentioned above, it’s a milestone birthday for the Star Wars franchise hitting 40 years old today. Boy, this Boston Globe movie review was right on the money back in 1977.

 


 

Report: Changes coming to Bruins' uniforms?

Report: Changes coming to Bruins' uniforms?

The assumption was that some NHL jerseys and logos were going to get tweaked when Adidas takes over for Reebok as the manufacturer of the game sweaters and it looks like the Black and Gold of the Bruins will be getting some alterations. 

According to a report on Sportslogos.net, the Bruins are one of 13 NHL teams, including the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, that will have some changes made to the jerseys they wear.

There’s no indication as to how sweeping the changes will be and it’s doubtful something as heinous as the 1990’s Pooh Bear jerseys will be entered into the B’s mix. The last major changes for the Bruins came when Reebok first took over in 2007-08 and some slight alterations were made to the B’s logo, but the Bruins have also switched around their third alternate jerseys several times over the past decade.

The personal favorite at this address is the gold Winter Classic jerseys the Bruins donned on Jan. 1, 2010 against the Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway Park. Something like that could be a pretty interesting look as a home alternate jersey for special occasions at TD Garden, but the expectation at this address is the Bruins will keep it simple with something in black that’s not too distant from their 2016 Winter Classic jerseys that have become their alternate third jerseys.

The speculation on the blog was that the Bruins sweater alterations will be something along the lines of a “font change for the names or numbers” on the jerseys, and that’s something that wouldn’t qualify as a significant deviation from the classically popular Bruins game sweaters. In other words, the Bruins and Adidas shouldn’t be messing with something that isn’t broken with the Black and Gold, or with their fan base that still wears old school Andy Moog and Ray Bourque Bruins sweaters to home games on a regular basis.