July 07, 2010
We're not the biggest Joe Corvo(notes) fans on the Interwebs, but getting a mobile defenseman who can post over 20 points on the power play for a $2.25 million cap hit is never a bad thing. So congrats, Carolina Hurricanes.
"It's good to be back and not have to worry about where I fit in and stuff," Corvo said after signing a two-year contract with the Canes. "This makes it easy. This is the best situation for me."
The new deal with pay Corvo $2 million the first season and $2.5 million in the second.
"It's probably sounds like a cliche, but you can't make all your decisions based on how much money you can get somewhere," he said. "I know where I stand with the people and the organization here. ... Jim appreciates the kind of person I am and player I am. That meant a lot."
Sure. What's interesting about this move from a Carolina perspective is that it may signal some apprehension in giving highly regarded D-man Jamie McBain(notes) too much responsibility, after playing 14 NHL games last season. From the News & Observer, after Anton Babchuk(notes) was re-signed on a 1-year deal:
Rutherford sees these defensive pairings: Tim Gleason(notes) and Jamie McBain, Joni Pitkanen(notes) and Babchuk, and Jay Harrison(notes) with the final defenseman to be determined. If Rutherford is able to get a higher-end defenseman, which could come between today and a month from now, he said, he could pair him with Gleason and drop McBain down with Harrison.
Considering Corvo was paired with Gleason for most of the 2009-10 season before his trade, it would appear to be Option B. Former New York Rangers defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti(notes) is also in the mix.
Side note: Is there a stranger collection of defensemen in the Eastern Conference than what the Hurricanes have on their blue line next season? Outside of Gleason, it's like they're collection quick, puck-moving power-play specialists, like it's a hobby.