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Claude Julien optimistic about Joe Corvo’s impact with Bruins

Posted By DJ Bean On July 11, 2011 @ 1:29 pm In General | 1 Comment

WILMINGTON — Bruins coach Claude Julien [1] discussed the Bruins’ offseason moves and their prospects on the final day of development camp Monday. The B’s lost Michael Ryder [2] and Tomas Kaberle [3] to free agency, replacing them with Montreal’s Benoit Pouliot and Carolina’s Joe Corvo.

In the case of Kaberle and Corvo, Julien said the 34-year-old Corvo can help the power play, much like Kaberle was expected to when the B’s sent a package of commodities (a 2011 first-round pick, a 2012 second-rounder and center Joe Colborne) to Toronto or the defenseman.

“It’€™s not about replacing [Kaberle] but taking on his role,” Julien said of Corvo. “I think you look at Corvo, who’€™s got a really good shot. He’€™s a player that may be a little bit more physical and more engaged. We’€™re going to have to work with him as far as making him understand the way we play here. And I think the way we play will certainly help him a little bit, because we don’€™t want him running around. We want him playing well positionally.

“Again, he skates well and he’€™ll move the puck well. That’€™s where Kaberle ‘€¦ people that thought he underachieved a little bit. I think at the beginning we weren’€™t quite getting what we wanted. But once you saw him get a little comfortable, we’€™ve got to give him credit. He’€™s a smart player, he sees the ice well, makes good plays and that’€™s where his strength is. When you look at Corvo, his shot is going to be a lot better and hopefully on the power play which we did [get] some good shots from the back end, it will certainly help us.”

Corvo, for whom the Bruins traded a fourth-round pick, had 11 goals and 29 assists for 40 points last season. Kaberle had four goals and 43 assists for 47 assists with the Maple Leafs [4] and Bruins in the regular season. He signed a three-year, $12.75 million deal with Carolina last week.


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