July 5, 2011

Bruins lose Kaberle to 'Canes, reel in Corvo via trade

by Jesse Connolly

Defenseman Joe Corvo comes to Boston with 45 postseason games under his belt. (Getty)

After learning that Tomas Kaberle had signed on with the Hurricanes, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli decided it was time to find the Czech defenseman's replacement.
The GM immediately turned to a team he knew had a surplus of defenseman for a solution -- Kaberle's new employer.

Boston acquired d-man Joe Corvo from Carolina for a fourth-round pick in 2012. The 34-year-old blueliner had 11 goals and total of 40 points for the 'Canes last season, suiting up for all 82 games. He has one year remaining on his current contract and will hit the cap for $2.25 million.

"Joe is a player that has a lot of experience," Chiarelli said via conference call. "He's a strong player, a very good skater, has a very good shot, can log a lot of minutes, be very strong on the power play and has extensive postseason experience."

Corvo has been on the Bruins' radar for some time now, according to Chiarelli, as a possible deal to acquire him became more likely after Boston failed to find the right fit among free-agent defensemen.

"He's someone we've talked about over the last little bit," said Chiarelli. "You go past the free-agency date and you look at possible trades. Joe became available when we did not reach terms with Tomas Kaberle. We felt very strongly about Joe as a player so we went after him and acquired him."

The biggest snag in discussions with Kaberle, acquired in Feb. from Toronto, proved to be the desired length of the contract. The Hurricanes handed out a three-year deal to the veteran d-man which will pay him $4.25 million annually.

"I think one of the stumbling blocks was term and I can completely respect why Tomas would want some form of term," Chiarelli said. "We weren't able to reach common ground in that respect. We do wish Tomas well.

"He provided something that we greatly needed in the Stanley Cup and he's got a good contract with a good team now. We brought in Joe because he has things we're looking for also. We're very excited to have Joe on board."