Bruins: Joe Corvo

Report cards: Corvo the weak link

May, 7, 2012
(Editor's note: The seventh in our end-of-season report card series on the 2011-2012 Bruins.)

Chiarelli won't break up Bruins' core

April, 27, 2012
BOSTON -- On Friday morning, the Boston Bruins cleaned out their dressing room stalls, had their exit interviews with coaches and management and headed into a summer they never expected to come so early.

Instead of practicing and preparing for the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, they were still scratching their heads and wondering what happened. Did the defending Stanley Cup champions really just lose a seven-game series to the seventh-seeded Washington Capitals?

"To be honest I woke up yesterday and even again today feeling like it was just a dream," said winger Brad Marchand. "It's really weird to be done so early after how far we went last year. I think we're all still pretty shocked and wondering how that happened."

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Kim Klement/US PresswireThe Bruins hope Nathan Horton makes a full recovery from his concussion in time for next season.
But it's no dream. There will be no Duck Boats rides through the streets of Boston with the Bruins hoisting the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy for adoring fans, as the Bruins did on a hot summer day last June. The reality is the Bruins didn't become first to repeat as Stanley Cup champions since the 1998 Detroit Red Wings.

Instead, it's time to regroup and look ahead to the 2012-13 season. On Friday, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli was already doing that, promising that while this team may have underachieved, he has no intentions of breaking up a core that won the Stanley Cup last June and has had only two first-round exits in the past five seasons.

"We obviously have some guys to consider whether we sign them or not," Chiarelli said. "From the makeover perspective, certainly we're not going to do anything to makeover this team. You hear me talk about the parity in this league and our first-round loss in seven games this year can be another Stanley Cup Final next year, it's that close. You saw the number of teams in the West; you kind of see the new four teams in the West and you see some different teams in the East so you just have to be prepared."

Chiarelli has seven unrestricted free agents in forwards Brian Rolston, Chris Kelly, Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille and defensemen Joe Corvo, Greg Zanon and Mike Mottau. The Bruins also have two restricted free agents with goalie Tuukka Rask and forward Benoit Pouliot. Chiarelli said he intends to sign Rask, and didn't rule out Pouliot. The GM said he remains in negotiations with Kelly, Paille and Campbell. Corvo told that he is set on testing the free-agent market and doesn't expect to be back next season. Zanon and Mottau are still very much possibilities as depth defensemen, depending on how ready the Bruins believe their blue-line prospects like Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug and Matt Bartkowski to be.

In addition to addressing his unsigned players, Chiarelli could look for help via trades or free agency. The Bruins could add some bodies up front for depth scoring after struggling to put the puck in the net against the Capitals.

"I'd like to maybe look at a forward to bolster our top nine, but that doesn't mean I'm going to not look at signing Pouliot," Chiarelli said. "It doesn't mean we're not going to consider [Jordan] Caron up there. I just want to look at the trade market and the free-agent market. And we got a couple of good, young players coming too. We got a good defenseman that I think will challenge for a spot like Dougie Hamilton. We got Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski, and you've seen some guys that are going to challenge but on the major change front, I'm not looking at doing anything on that front. But I would like to add some pieces."

There are two things that Chiarelli must consider as he balances his salary cap while constructing the 2012-13 lineup: 1. the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement on Sept. 15, and 2. the health of winger Nathan Horton, who suffered his second concussion Jan. 22 (the first was in last year's Stanley Cup finals Game 3). After originally being diagnosed with just a mild concussion, he was never able to recover enough to return to the lineup.

"From an operational standpoint, for my perspective you throw 10 percent on your cap for summer cap accounting," Chiarelli pointed out. "There's going to be a bump in the cap by all accounts because of the growth and revenues and I have to be careful, and I have to try and look in crystal ball-gaze a little bit where we think it will end up. So I have to be cautious as far as summer additions."

Leading into the trade deadline on Feb. 27, Chiarelli was still under the impression that Horton would return shortly. The GM is on record as saying he did search for depth scoring, but there was not as much urgency since he believed Horton was coming back. On Friday Chiarelli was asked if that approach would change in the offseason because of uncertainty.

"I approach it as he's going to be back and healthy, and in a month that may change, but based on the information given now that's my approach," said Chiarelli. "Based on my observation I'm making, that's my approach. Based on what Horton has told me, that's my approach. I consider him an active player for us and when we make our assessments and when we make our decisions that's how we approach it."

So while players, fans and media alike remain stunned at the Bruins' early exit from the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, it appears the GM is once again remaining calm and keeping things in perspective. Chiarelli surely didn't want to be holding his end-of-season news conference on April 27. But if he didn't blow up a team that blew a 3-0 series lead to the Flyers in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals, don't expect him to blow up the core of a team that is only a year removed from a Stanley Cup.

Bergeron, Corvo game-time decisions

April, 22, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien said that both forward Patrice Bergeron and defenseman Joe Corvo would be game-time decisions.

Both suffered unspecified injuries during Game 5 on Saturday. Both will participate in the pregame warm-up. In case there’s an issue with either one, defensemen Andrew Bodnarchuk and Mike Mottau, along with forward Jordan Caron, will also skate in the warm-up.

Bergeron, who normally takes the team bus to the arena, was the first player to arrive this morning for treatment.

Corvo in lineup with Seidenberg out

March, 29, 2012
BOSTON -- After spending the previous six games sitting in the press box as a healthy scratch, Joe Corvo found himself back in the lineup Thursday because fellow Boston Bruins blue liner Dennis Seidenberg was held out with an infection from a laceration on his leg. While Corvo -- who has struggled with just 25 points in 71 games -- didn’t like the fact his team lost 3-2 in a shootout, he was happy to be helping his team on the ice again.

“It felt good,” said Corvo who played 25 shifts for 20:03 of ice time. “Nobody likes to not be able to contribute to the team and just practice every day and not get to play in games. So, it felt good to be part of the team again in a game situation.”

Corvo felt he benefitted from some time above and came back with more focus on tightening up his game.

“I think the game shrinks down for you,” Corvo said. “You focus a lot more on each shift and actually, I guess end up playing a little better and a little tighter. That’s what I felt – I felt like my head was in the game the whole time because you don’t want to give anybody a reason to take you out of the lineup when you get a chance.”

With Seidenberg and now another defenseman in Adam McQuaid who was injured Thursday possibly being out of the lineup again this Saturday when the Bruins play the Islanders, Corvo is prepared should he get the call again from head coach Claude Julien.

“I don’t know what will happen with Adam or Dennis but I just show up and do my job every day and prepare to be in the lineup every day,” Corvo said. “I don’t come to the rink and warm up and think that I’m not playing. You have to prepare yourself in case something happens last minute.”

Corvo enjoys show, has impact

October, 7, 2011
BOSTON -- New Bruins defenseman Joe Corvo watched the team raise its 2011 Stanley Cup banner from the dressing room, but that didn’t stop him from enjoying it and appreciating the history and tradition of his new organization.

“I was actually in the locker room the whole time, just watching on TV,” Corvo said with a laugh. “I liked when all the '72 champs were coming out and the whole team lined up shaking their hands. That was pretty cool.”

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Michael Tureski/Icon SMIAfter watching the pregame ceremonies in the Bruins dressing room, Joe Corvo helped give the power play a boost with an assist on Brad Marchand's goal.
Corvo got to meet one of his idols, the legendary Bobby Orr. It was another reminder that he is now playing for a team steeped in history.

“Pretty cool,” Corvo said of meeting Orr. “Just to see him smiling and treating me like anyone else. The history of the team motivates you to do your best; you know somebody is always watching.”

In assessing his first game as a Bruin, Corvo seemed lukewarm and obviously was disappointed his team lost even though he registered an assist on the team’s lone goal, by Brad Marchand on the power play.

“It took a little while, and I thought I got more comfortable as the game went on,” Corvo said. “I think it’s a process. It might take a few more games. It felt all right but it was a pretty bad feeling to have that performance after they put on such a good show before the game.”

While Corvo was able to help the Bruins get a power-play goal, he still thinks there is plenty of work to be done to improve what was Boston's Achilles’ heel last season. He liked the progress throughout the game, but he knows the Bruins can be better.

“It felt all right,” Corvo said of the power play. “I thought our power play got better as the game went on. I thought our last two power plays were pretty awesome. We had an open net on one and were getting shots on the other. Over the course of the game, though, their D did a good job of knocking down shots from the point.”

Notes: Corvo could play against Montreal

September, 24, 2011
BOSTON -- Bruins defenseman Joe Corvo said he is finally good to go after encountering some problems with his groin the first two weeks of training camp, and could see his first bit of preseason action tomorrow night in Halifax, Nova Scotia against Montreal.

“I had a little bit of a snag with the groin, but it’s cleared up now,” Corvo said following both training camp sessions Saturday morning at TD Garden. “I’m just looking forward to the rest of camp, and trying to get in as many games as I can before the season starts.”

The 34-year-old Corvo has yet to appear in a preseason game, but when healthy is expected to compete in the defensive pairings and give some life to a stagnant power play.

Asked if he expects to play this weekend, Corvo said, “I should be in, yeah, I’m 100 percent. I’m good.”

The sharp-shooting Corvo appeared in all 82 games with Carolina last season, averaging nearly 25 minutes of ice time and logging 11-29-40 point totals, before coming to Boston this summer in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick in 2012.

Who gets seconds?
The space in front of the crease was nicknamed “Recchi’s office” last season, a reference to the gritty net-front presence that the future Hall of Fame winger commanded at some of the most crucial moments of the Bruins’ Stanley Cup Championship run last spring.

Recchi provided the perfect balance of scoring flair and grind-it-out morale on a pairing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Statistically it was the most efficient line, accounting for 54 total points in the playoffs and all four goals in the Cup-clinching seventh game against Vancouver.

Simply put, the way to replace Recchi is by not replacing him. Judging by the early outsets, Rich Peverley has filled that void on Bergeron’s line adequately. In his first preseason action last night, in the 6-3 win over the Islanders, Peverley had a goal and three assists (two of which came on the power play).

Last night, Peverley was out of the office, so to speak, setting up in the corners as Bergeron and Marchand typically like to do. That created perpetual movement in the offensive zone, with all three taking turns looking for seams rushing to the net. It was a bit of a different look, but one that provided quality results.

“Pevs and Recchi are different players, but Pevs is a great guy to play with,” Marchand said. “He really sees the ice well, he’s very fast, very quick, great with the puck. I have fun playing with him.”

Bergeron not with team
Bergeron was absent from camp today, and head coach Claude Julien confirmed that the alternate captain is back in Bathurst, New Brunswick, until Monday. His major-junior club, Acadie-Bathurst of the QMJHL, is planning on retiring his No. 37 jersey during tomorrow’s contest against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

Julien said he doesn’t plan on playing Bergeron these next two exhibitions, which is why the center suited up for games this week against Ottawa and the Islanders. Julien added that Bergeron is expected to report to practice Monday morning in Montreal,