The Bruins have added veteran defenseman Joe Corvo, acquired in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes for a fourth-round draft pick in 2012.
Corvo, who picked up an 11-29-40 line in 82 games in Raleigh last season, gives the Bruins a little more veteran depth on the blue line. Boston has yet to re-sign unrestricted free agent Tomas Kaberle, and beyond their top pair of Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg and the veteran Andrew Ference, Boston were looking like they’d be very dependent on younger players — the still growing Johnny Boychuk and Adam McQuaid, second-year players Steve Kampfer and Matt Bartkowski, and ninth-overall pick Dougie Hamilton.
Additionally this takes a bit of leverage away from Kaberle, by far the biggest-name unrestricted free agent yet to be signed. The Bruins could easily go into 2011-12 with Corvo paired with McQuaid, and Kampfer fitting in somewhere as a dynamic defenseman with a higher ceiling.
Two sign in Providence
In addition to Corvo, the Bruins signed two likely tabbed for Providence of the AHL. 26-year-old Jason Tardiff has signed a one-year contract after spending 2010-11 with the Grand Rapids Griffins, while Josh Hennessey, a Brockton, Mass., native, has signed a one-year contract. He was originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks, spent sometime near home with the AHL’s Worcester Sharks, and skated last season with HC Lugano of the Swiss league.