The Ottawa Senators have signed UFA D-man Joe Corvo to a one year contract.
Corvo, who scored six goals and 11 assists in 40 games with the Carolina Hurricanes last season, returns to Ottawa where the reception may not be so big for the former Senator. Not considered to be very strong in his own zone, he’s expected to start next season on the team’s third pairing, but he might also get some playing time with the man advantage. During his Prime, Corvo was always good for about 20 to 30 points per season, but at 36 his best years are behind him. He went to the Stanley Cup Final with Ottawa in 2007, as well as the Eastern Conference Finals with Carolina in 2009, and has notched five goals and earned 18 points in 50 career playoff games.
Corvo plays a somewhat risky game, which often leads to a slew of turnovers. His defensive-zone coverage leaves a lot to be desired and he isn’t very physical either, and some wonder if he would just be more useful up front. The native of Oak Park, Illinois has 300 points in 683 NHL contests.
Follow me on twitter, @StevenEllisNHL.