He not only has to learn a new system and city, but he has a ways to go to once again be the most tatted-up player on his team.
“I didn’t think that I’d ever meet somebody with more,” Corvo said today about his well-decorated new teammate Andrew Ference. “But he definitely has me beat. We’ll have to talk and see which guy he uses.”
Corvo, who skated in an informal practice with most of the rest of the team today at Ristuccia Arena, says he’s fitting in well with the Bruins’ tight-knit squad. He said he knew the Bruins had interest in his services and that a trade to Boston hinged on Tomas Kaberle leaving the Stanley Cup champions for the Hurricanes.
Once the deal went down, Corvo was psyched.
“But it was obviously a great surprise. I was just happy to kind of be in a market again where everybody’s so crazy about hockey and hockey’s so important. It’ll just be fun to play,” he said.
Training camp hasn’t opened yet, but people are already wondering how the Bruins are going to improve their putrid power play, which for portions of the playoffs was an out-and-out laughingstock. That’s an area Corvo will be expected to excel where his predecessor Kaberle failed.
“From what I hear, it’s some power-play time, some shots on the power play and getting it to guys, just moving the puck, skating the puck, trying to bring a little of the offensive flair to it and making plays with some of the guys on the team, the skill guys,” said Corvo about what he’s expecting to bring to the Bruins.
Because the Hurricanes failed to reach the playoffs, Corvo’s 2010-11 season ended a couple month earlier than the Bruins’. So, he said, he actually skated a little in July before really getting back to work the last couple weeks upon arriving in Boston.
While the conditioning portions of camp shouldn’t be a problem, Corvo might find himself behind the curve a bit when it comes to Boston’s defensive system. Often newly acquired defensemen have struggled at the start of their Bruins careers. Corvo says he hasn’t inquired about the Bruins’ system just yet, but he’s confident he’ll be able to get up to speed over the course of camp.
“I found when I got traded briefly to Washington, they play a completely different system. And then it was a pretty short time that I had to get used to it and it was a little difficult,” he said. “But seeing as I have more team here and starting with the team fresh in the season, it won’t be a problem at all.”