Boston Bruins report cards: No. 14 Joe Corvo
Throughout the offseason, Bruins Daily will be posting daily report cards on each individual of the 2011-12, Boston Bruins.
In order of jersey number, each player will be highlighted. In today’s edition, we have number 14, Bruins defensemen Joe Corvo.
Name: Joe Corvo
Weight: 205 lbs.
Contract: Unrestricted Free Agent in 2012-13
2011-12 NHL Season stats:
Regular season: 75 GP, 4-21-25, plus-10, 13 PIM, 168 SOG
Playoffs: 5 GP, 0-0-0, plus-3, 0 PIM, 9 SOG
Like Dennis Wideman (for the most part) and Tomas Kaberle before him, Joe Corvo failed as the Bruins “puck moving defensemen”. Corvo was pretty brutal this season. I will give him credit for a couple of hot stretches he had where we actually played pretty well. I think Corvo’s issue was a lack of confidence as oppose to not having any talent. Corvo was suppose to help on the power play, obviously he did not. My biggest gripe with Corvo was that he has a big powerful shot, but too often he’d shoot wide, or right into someone blocking the shot. Corvo admitted on break up day that he will be testing the market, so do not expect Corvo back in Black and Gold next season.
Anthony’s Grade: D-
Although Joe Corvo had four goals and 21 assists in his first year in Boston, Boston fans wanted more. Corvo was not the “puck moving” defenseman the team hoped for and lacked that physicality and dominance on an already weak power-play. Corvo’s decision making at times was questionable and he just was not the difference maker the Bruins thought he could be. He recorded zero points in five games played in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. The 34 year-old defenseman is an unrestricted free agent and said he will test the market next season which could be a big plus for Bruins fans.
Final Grade: D
Last year, Tomas Kaberle was supposed to be the savior for the Bruins’ power play, but could not live up to the hype in spite of the team’s run to Lord’s Stanley. Before the start of the 2011-12 season, Joe Corvo was supposed to be a small upgrade from Kaberle and the Bruins power play was supposed to improve at least somewhat. However, Corvo did not live up to any reasonable expectations — not that they were too high to begin with — and instead turned out to be more of a version of “Kaberle light”. His 25 points were the lowest since 2009-10 when he recorded 18 points in 52 games with the Hurricanes and Capitals and his defensive ability was equally atrocious. Put simply, its safe to assume that the Corvo experiment is over as he hits the free agent market.
To echo Tim, let’s just say that the Bruins’ need for a puck-moving-defenseman failed even worse than the Tomas Kaberle experiment. Joe Corvo will most certainly be finding himself a new home next season after a poor year in Boston… and he sure as heck didn’t do himself any favors to merit another $2.25M contract.
Final Grade: D