July 1, 2012

Corvo going back to Carolina

By Jesse Connolly

When someone uses the phrase "addition by subtraction" and you're the player that's headed out the door, that's never a good thing, but that's exactly how Bruins' fans felt when Peter Chiarelli confirmed that Joe Corvo's tenure with the Bruins was over on June 1.

Precisely one month later, the disappointing d-man has found a new home -- if, of course, you can use the word new to describe a team he's already played for twice before.

Corvo signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Hurricanes Sunday, making this his third stint with the club. 

"Joe and his family call Raleigh home, and he has had some of his best seasons while playing here," said 'Canes GM Jim Rutherford. "We are pleased to welcome him back and to add his veteran presence to our blue line."

Acquired for a fourth-round pick last summer, Corvo was a major letdown during his lone season in Boston. Pegged to give the power play some pop, the d-man known for his offensive abilities scored just four goals in 75 contests.

In his previous two full seasons with Carolina (2008-09, 2010-11), Corvo had seasons of 14 and 11 goals. The 35-year-old rearguard's new deal includes a no-movement clause.

Corvo will make his first trip back to TD Garden when the Hurricanes come to town on October 23. A warm reception is highly unlikely.

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.