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Just seconds after the Tomas Kaberle acquisition, the Hurricanes traded away the guy who had been the “old man” on the blue line when they sent Joe Corvo to the Bruins for a fourth round draft pick.
I knew something must have been up for that brand-name acquisition to have happened. Corvo was in the final year of a contract that will pay him $2.25M in 2011-12. In the end, Carolina is taking on $2M in salary. But I still don’t think they’re done. They still need to acquire a forward.
A week ago tonight, I gave last
rites to the Hurricanes after their home loss to the Lightning. They were five points back of eighth place with a tough week ahead of them. Since then, all the Canes have done is win three straight games while Buffalo and the Rangers lost. Suddenly, the Canes are just one point behind the eighth place Rangers and very much revitalized. On Saturday, the Canes got another huge win on the road against a hot Islanders team.
Carolina was behind 2-1 after 40 minutes, and this was exactly where the Isles wanted to be. They’re the third hottest team in the league since Christmas and they’d only lost one regulation game all season when leading after two. Joe Corvo, Erik Cole and Eric Staal had plenty to say about that as they each scored in the third to give the Canes a 4-2 win. Corvo had three points on the night and Cole had another game-winner. He’s been Mr. Clutch in the second half and is looking more like the Cole we knew from before the injury.
As I write, the Caps have just forced overtime against the Sabres, so Buffalo will be at least two points ahead of Carolina going into tomorrow’s enormous matchup at the RBC Center.
The Hurricanes had a good month in January, then the city of Raleigh shined during the All-Star weekend. Things were looking good for the team as they headed into a very tough month of February. First up on Tuesday night was the Northeast-leading Bruins, who had won the last two games between the teams.
It was a hard-fought game in front of an excellent weeknight crowd of 18,000. Unfortunately, Carolina was unable to earn even a consolation point. The Bruins skated out of there with a 3-2 regulation win. Meanwhile, the Thrashers were beaten by the Islanders, which left the back door open. They’ll have to wait until Thursday night for another chance to creep inside the playoff picture. The Thrashers will be at home against Calgary while the Hurricanes are in Toronto. Following that, Atlanta and Carolina meet up for a “four point game” in Raleigh on Saturday.
On Tuesday night, the Hurricanes pummeled the visiting Edmonton Oilers to the tune of 7-1. A lot went right for the home team, including great success at the power play, a 50% success rate in the faceoff circle (!), a four point night from captain Eric Staal and a three point night from rookie sensation Jeff Skinner. However, the Hurricanes should be careful not to break their collective arm patting themselves on the back. The Oilers are a bad team who got off to a really bad start and never recovered. Carolina scored just 26 seconds into the game, and it was all downhill from there.
Oilers netminder Nikolai Khabibulin allowed four goals on eight shots in just 7:19 of ice time. It was probably the second worst night of the calendar year for him. His dreadful save percentage of .500 was only marginally higher than ... oh never mind.
In a completely unexpected move, the Carolina Hurricanes have signed free agent defenseman Joe Corvo to a two-year contract, returning him to Carolina. He will earn $2M in 2010-11 and $2.5M in 2011-12. The Canes have also re-signed defenseman Casey Borer to a two-way contract. This definitely shores up the defense and will put to rest the ridiculous rumors about Marc Staal.
On Thursday night, the Hurricanes hosted the Washington Capitals in a game that had very very little playoff implications. Someone forgot to tell the home team, and they emerged with a 4-3 overtime win.
Former Cane Joe (s)Corvo scored twice for the Caps in the middle stanza while Eric Staal got one for the Canes.
Brett Carson and Chad LaRose scored for the Canes in the third and Eric Fehr forced overtime.
Ray Whitney scored with a shot “from the ladies’ tees” in the final minute of overtime to give Justin Peters another huge win in his young NHL goaltending career.
On the trading deadline day, Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford was very busy. He made five transactions, which sent a total of six players out of Raleigh. In return, the Canes organ-eye-zation is getting four players and five picks. Just one of the four players is NHL ready, but they’ll be picking up a third round, fourth round, sixth round and seventh round pick in this summer’s draft, plus a second round pick in 2011. There are two very important things going on with these trades that will help Carolina immensely. First, they’re going to immediately save money, getting some of these contracts off the books. And they instantly get much younger. Five Canes players who were traded are over the age of thirty, and they only gave away one prospect. In return, they’re getting one NHL player, three prospects, and the picks.
Among the bevy of trades, Ray Whitney remains a Hurricane. He was considered to be a highly sought after player in the trade market, but nobody was able to make an attractive enough offer. I’ll try to make quick analysis of each of the trades. I realize that I might be among the minority in Caniac Nation, but I really like what Jim Rutherford did today.
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On Monday night, the banged-up Hurricanes lost 4-2 to the banged-up Oilers. The Hurricanes, though, played the game with only 17 skaters. The injury to Sharpie left the team with only 11 healthy forwards and six healthy defensemen. I’m not sure why, but the team didn’t recall a Rat to fill the roster on Monday.
For Wednesday’s game, the team has dipped into the Albany reserve. Zach Boychuk? No. Jerome Samson? No. Drayson Bowman? No. How ‘bout Chris Terry? Nope. They went with Steven Goertzen. Who?
Carolina’s top pairing defenseman Joe Corvo suffered a freakish injury on Monday night and will miss a significant chunk of the rest of the season. While his injury was nowhere near as freakish as the one that Tomas Vokoun suffered, it was much more severe. Corvo bumped Caps defenseman Karl Alzner as the latter was coming off the ice. There was nothing unusual about the contact. Alzner’s left leg went behind Corvo’s right leg, and somehow Alzner’s skate cut the back of Corvo’s leg. Corvo immediately went down, clutching his calf, left the ice and went to the hospital.
The Hurricanes are being tight-lipped about the specifics of the injury, but have reported that Dr. Marty Isbell has made “repairs” to Corvo’s leg. He is expected to miss 2-3 months and will be placed on the IR immediately. No word yet on a call-up from Albany, but I assume it will be Bryan Rodney.
In addition to being a first pairing defenseman, Corvo is the quarterback on the first power play unit. He also led Canes defensemen and was fifth on the team with 12 (4/8) points. For a team that’s already beaten and fragile, this is going to be a very tough pill to swallow.
On Friday night, Carolina did something they haven’t done in a while: they won at home. They took a 2-1 lead into the third period, then got two five-on-three goals from Joe Corvo to seal the deal. At the end of the day, Carolina won 4-1 and finds itself only one point behind eighth place Buffalo in the East.
Eric Staal scored in the first period on a similar shot to one of his goals on Thursday. Wrist shot from the left circle, high to the blocker side. In the second period, Jussi Jokinen scored a “Finn-tastic” goal against his former club, and it proved to be the game-winner. This was Jokinen’s first goal in a Hurricanes sweater.
When the Lightning took three consecutive minor penalties in quick succession in the third period, it gave Carolina back-to-back five on three sequences, and Joe Corvo scored with one-time blasts from the top of each circle just 39 seconds apart.
Carolina will stay at home to face Colorado on Sunday afternoon. Carolina is two games into a six game stretch out of which I said they need to get ten points. They’re perfect so far.
Earlier this week, Hurricanes defenseman Joe Corvo switched to a different kind of stick that is lighter but denser. He scored the game-winning goal on Tuesday against the Canadiens with a howitzer from the point. On Thursday, he scored an absolute highlight reel goal in overtime for his second straight game winner. It’s gotta be the sticks. He says he’s only got two more of the new sticks, but he’s just gonna have to order some more.
In Tuesday’s post-game teevee coverage, the Canes broadcasting team teased him about the new sticks, and he claimed that they gave him an additional 5mph on his slapshot. But it wasn’t his patented slapshot that won the game on Thursday. Frankly, he looked like Alexei Kovalev with the fancy maneuver. First he eluded a defender at the top of the right circle, then dragged the puck from his forehand to the backhand and lifted a finesse backhanded wrist shot from the slot into an essentially empty cage. Very impressive stuff from a rearguard. I’ll post a clip when I can. It’s a must-see goal.
Justin Williams also tallied a goal for the Canes, his first of the season. In seven games back after his Achilles tear, he has three (1/2) points and is really starting to look comfortable out there.
With the win, Carolina lays claim to eighth place in the East. More importantly, the pieces are really starting to fall into place. Since bringing Chairman Mo back into the fold, the Canes have gone 3-1-3 and have now earned standings points in six consecutive games.
On Friday, the Hurricanes used two third period goals to beat the visiting Senators 2-1. The win was coach Peter Laviolette’s 163rd behind the Carolina bench and his 240th overall NHL win. He is now the winningest US born coach in NHL history.
I realize that this accomplishment pales in comparison to Scotty Bowman, who won a like billion games and nine Stanley Cups. I also realize that the Detroit Red Wings invented the sun and the moon, but that isn’t my focus.
Playing in just his fifth game, goaltender Michael Leighton picked up his fourth win and has continued to be impressive as a backup.
Joe Corvo, playing in his second game against his former team, got the game winner.
The Hurricanes have trimmed their training camp roster to 33 players, and with the regular season just 10 days away, there are still quite a few lineup issues to be resolved. The most intriguing issue is the blueline. There are still nine defensemen in camp, and only three of them—Joe Corvo, Tim Gleason and Joni Pitkänen—are guaranteed roster spots. And this doesn’t count the enigmatic and AWOL David (aka “Avi”, aka “Snuggles”) who has not shown up for camp and claims he is still concussed.
The News&Observer has opened the floor for the debate: How will the defensive pairings be filled out? Everybody agrees that Gleason, Pitkänen and Corvo are in the top four. The debate is about who among Anton Babchuk, Tim Conboy, Frantisek Kaberle, Josef Melichar, Dennis Seidenberg and Nic Wallin will play every night, who will be a healthy scratch, who will be relegated to Albany, and finally who will be traded to Los Angeles. To make matters more confusing, free agent Bryan Rodney is among the last men standing after another round of cuts on Sunday.
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