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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Bruins looking forward to getting World Cup teammates, coach back


Bruins looking forward to getting World Cup teammates, coach back

BRIGHTON, Mass. – With the World Cup of Hockey and Team Canada crowned as champions, the final few Bruins players involved in the international hockey tournament will be filtering back into regular training camp.

It was a brilliant tourney for Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron, especially while forming the World Cup’s best forward line with Sidney Crosby. Marchand was one of the leading scorers and had the clutch game-winner in the decisive game.

As a line they combined for a ridiculous 25 points in six games and it was Marchand who scored a couple of the biggest goals in the biggest games against Russia and Team Europe.

“They did it all of last season for us, so I’m not shocked. They played well throughout the entire time they played there, so I’m really happy for them,” said Ryan Spooner. “It’s been kind of a weird camp. We’ve been missing a lot of guys, and to get all of those guys back is huge. They’re the leaders of the team, so to get them back is good.

“Marchand around the room is a funny guy, so he’s definitely missed. We miss them all.”

Zdeno Chara was a force for the surprising rag-tag group of players on Team Europe and led them to the best-of-three final series against Team Canada. Now that it’s over, the B’s teammates are looking forward to all three joining fellow World Cup participants Tuukka Rask, David Pastrnak and David Backes at camp probably at some point next week.

“It does [feel like training camp], but it will be nice to get those guys back,” said Adam McQuaid. “They are big parts of this team. We’re looking forward to having those guys back, for sure.”

That also includes getting their coach, Claude Julien, back as well after missing his presence while he served behind the Canadian bench with Mike Babcock and Barry Trotz. He’ll be rejoining the Bruins over the next couple of days, and getting through preseason road games against Detroit and Philadelphia before making some tough decisions on cuts at main training camp.

That’s when things will officially start getting back to normal for a training camp that’s felt like something was a little missing over the first few weeks of getting ready for the season. 

Friday, Sept. 30: It's all Bruins in World Cup final


Friday, Sept. 30: It's all Bruins in World Cup final

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while taking a nap this afternoon so I can watch the 1:30 am replay of tonight’s Bruins/Red Wings game on the NHL Network.

*Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara scored the goals at the World Cup’s decisive game on Thursday night, and No. 63 got the clutch game-winner late in the third period for Team Canada. Then he watched as linemate Sidney Crosby won the MVP for the tournament in what could be perceived, from a Boston point of view, as a largely Canadian-based hockey media fawning over Sid the Kid once again. Look, he was the tournament’s leading scorer, but last night’s heroics probably should have tipped the scales toward the B’s agitator getting the World Cup hardware.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Halford has Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm seeking an eight year deal from his team. That could be another contract negotiation to watch closely if you’re a Bruins fan.

*Zach Werenski, one of the D-men the Bruins were trying to trade up to get two years ago in the first round of the draft, is looking like he might be NHL-ready for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

*Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov is holding out with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and just wants to get paid like the rest of his teammates.

*Marian Hossa says he still wants to play hockey when he’s 42 years old, or close to the age that countrymen Zdeno Chara is right now.

*Here are some preseason college hockey storylines with the world of NCAA hockey about to start up in force.

*A judge has ruled that the family of the late Derek Boogaard may pursue a lawsuit against the NHL over the death of their son.

*For something completely different: “Tex Ryan” takes his jokes to open mic night and I’m fairly this is Toucher and Rich skewering the Buffalo Bills head coach. And rightfully so.