Corvo won't be back with Bruins

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Corvo won't be back with Bruins

NEWARK, NJ The biggest non-surprise of the Bruins offseason became official on Friday as Peter Chiarelli confirmed that much-maligned defenseman Joe Corvo will not be back with the Bruins.

The veteran defenseman was supposed to help with moving the puck and generating power play points with his big slap shot, but instead Corvo was exposed as a defensive liability with the Bruins. The 34-year-old actually finished second on the Bruins among defensemen with 25 points and finished a plus-10 for the year, but suffered from bad judgment and soft play in the defensive end.

In Claude Juliens system thats something that cant be abided. So the defenseman was scratched at points during the seven game playoff series against the Washington Capitals, and wasnt taking too well to watching games from the press box during long stretches at the end of the regular season.

Dougie Hamilton and Taylor Krug are both candidates to make the team next season if they can put up good training camp performances, and the Bruins may even make a move or two for another defenseman.

It sounded at Bruins breakup day like Corvo wasnt too keen on returning to Boston after a disappointing year with the Bs, and apparently the feeling is most definitely mutual.

We have a few young players that we feel may be ready to contribute at the defenseman position. There may be a player that can fill that spot better, said Chiarelli. Its a number of different things.

Chiarelli told Greg Zanon, Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau that hell touch base with them after free agency on July 1, but didnt give any substantial updates on negotiations with Chris Kelly, Tuukka Rask, or Gregory Campbell after locking up fourth line wing Daniel Paille this week.

I havent dismissed the notion of any of those players coming back, said Chiarelli. Wed like to bring as many guys back as we can.

Apparently Corvo is the only one thats been dismissed at this point.

Trade targets for Bruins as they enter trade deadline season

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Trade targets for Bruins as they enter trade deadline season

Joe Haggerty looks at a number of trade possibilities for the Bruins with the NHL deadline little more than a week away

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Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while spring training is ramping up in a big way down in Florida.

*The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to wear their great, green, old school St. Pat’s sweaters around St. Patrick’s Day this season.

*Jonathan Quick is on the ice and participating in hockey activity, but isn’t quite ready to return for the Los Angeles Kings.

*This is one of the best things you’ll see today with Vladimir Tarasenko making the 11th birthday celebration for a special little girl.

*The Edmonton Oilers could potentially make a lot of moves at the NHL trade deadline, and unsurprisingly, there is quite the call for them to dump Benoit Pouliot after that bad contract they signed him to a couple of years ago.

*Lyle Richardson is predicting the biggest buyers at the 2017 NHL trade deadline and the Bruins are not among the nine teams listed.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle goes 1-on-1 with Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello a wide range of subjects for the Athletic up in Toronto.

*Tommy Wingels continues to fight for inclusion in hockey even as he’s gone from the San Jose Sharks to the Ottawa Senators this season.

*For something completely different: A perfect pool trick shot video will blow your mind and probably get a few pool tables ruined with people trying to recreate it.