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Shortly after the Carolina Hurricanes closed a deal with former Boston Bruins’ defenseman Tomas Kaberle for 3 years/$12.75 million, the Bruins acquired the Hurricanes’ defesneman Joe Corvo in a trade, sending Carolina a 2012 fourth round pick.
Corvo comes to Boston after having a career year with the ‘Canes, playing in all 82 games for the first time and scoring a career-high 40 points. Kaberle had a similarl 47 points in 82 games with the Maple Leafs and B’s in 2010-2011.
It’s still up in the air as to whether Corvo will definitely secure a spot on the Bruins’ final roster. It’s possible that considering Corvo is a veteran defenseman, the B’s are looking to bring him in to continue in aiding the development of young Steve Kampfer.
Corvo also provides more physicality and less finesse than Kaberle, and takes more shots on goal. In 8 seasons, Corvo has accumulated 1,254 shots on goal, averaging out to 156 per season, compared to Kaberle’s 1,368 shots on goal in 13 seasons for an average of just 105 per season. Their career scoring percentages are nearly identical at just over 6%. Corvo’s more aggressive offense could prove to be a valuable improvement for the Bruins, considering their lack of pressure and production on the power play last season.
The trade also helps free up even more cap space, as Corvo will make $2.25 million guarateed next year. With $4.5 million off the books from Kaberle, $4 million from Ryder and $4 million shelved for the still injured Marc Savard, the Bruins are currently in good shape to have some wiggle room when the CBA is re-negotiated next year.