Monday’s defensive additions made Joe Corvo‘s job a lot less safe. He knows that.
In the weeks leading up to the NHL’s trade deadline, it was clear that the Bruins would benefit from adding a defenseman to potentially upgrade Corvo’s spot in the lineup. Corvo’s first (and likely last) season with the B’s has been a disappointment, as he just three goals and 19 assists for 22 points, a step backwards from his 11-goal, 40-point campaign a season ago with the Hurricanes.
On Monday, the Bruins added two defensemen who could compete to take away Corvo’s minutes once Johnny Boychuk is healthy. The most likely candidate is shot-blocking wiz Mark Zanon, with the other addition coming in the form of local boy Mike Mottau. Corvo normally plays on the team’s second pairing with Dennis Seidenberg, but Seidenberg and Zanon, who was second in the league last season with 212 blocked shots, would create a shut-down pair for the B’s.
“You definitely count the numbers and figure out that somebody’s got to sit,” Corvo said. “‘¦It just depends on how everybody’s playing.”
Corvo admits that he hasn’t performed as well with the B’s as he had hoped when the team acquired him over the summer. He’s a free agent at season’s end, and spending the stretch run as a healthy scratch wouldn’t exactly boost his stock once he hits the open market.
“I think I’m old enough to the point where you just play and not worry about [what it means for my next contract],” Corvo said. “You worry about that stuff in the summer time. It’s been obviously a slow year, but I feel like I’ve been making strides lately and playing well, so that’s all I’m concerned about, is just playing well and feeling good about my game.”
Corvo knows Mottau well, as the two were roommates for the World Junior Championships in Finland back in 1998. Now, Corvo knows Mottau may be here to take his job.
“I’ve seen him over the years, too. I feel like I’ve known the guy my whole life, just because I’ve been at USA camps with him and stuff,” Corvo said. “I know what kind of guy he is. He’s awesome, awesome to have in the room. I’m excited to have him here. Maybe it creates a little competition within the D core to be sharper every night and to be accountable, so it’s good.”
Corvo has also been in the news recently for the headshot he took from Kyle Turris in Saturday’s meeting with the Senators. The lack of suspension surprised a lot of people, including Corvo, who went off after hearing the news.
‘That’s ridiculous,” he told reporters Monday. “I think if you look back at the game before [in Boston Jan. 31], I hit him clean in center ice. I made it a point not to get my elbow up in his face. But apparently he didn’t give me the same courtesy.
‘So, let’s just say I’ll be looking for him right off the bat.’
Added Corvo: ‘Two days of walking around, I’ve got a headache. Just because I didn’t lie on the ice and get carted off or miss a period ‘¦ I don’t know. It doesn’t mean that it wasn’t a cheap shot. In my opinion, I think he saw my numbers and he took the opportunity to seek revenge from the game prior.
‘Hopefully he’s a man and he’s going to step up tomorrow when I come after him. I’m not going to try and hurt him, I’m going to try to fight him.’
On Tuesday, Corvo did a little backpedaling, saying that he had “foot-in-mouth syndrome” when he reacted to the lack of suspension.
“It was just a situation where I said to much and maybe put my individual priorities over team priorities, but I haven’t seen the hit,” Corvo said.
The blueliner is feeling better after having headaches the last three days. He’ll be in the lineup vs. the Senators Tuesday, so look for him to make good on his words and find Turris.