NHL Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina Hurricanes: Is Joe Corvo A Good Fit For Next Season?

Hurricanes UFA Joe Corvo

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A Carolina Hurricanes team that has a lot of young, talented defenseman saw a veteran blueliner lead the way in scoring this season. While offensive-minded players like Justin Faulk and Jamie McBain were solid, it was Joe Corvo who turned in the most impressive season among Carolina d-men. He’s set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and the Hurricanes may want to give a good look at keeping him around for at least one more season.

Corvo finished the season with six goals and 17 points, which was good enough for sixth on the team. Three goals and five points came on the power play, as he continued to be a valuable special teams player. In a season that saw Faulk, Joni Pitkanen and other miss time due to injury, Corvo played in 40 of the Hurricanes 49 contests. With the likely addition of top draft pick Ryan Murphy next season, another veteran player like Corvo could be instrumental in helping the youngster’s development. His cap hit of $2 million is a relative bargain given his production, and he is one of the least-penalized players on the team.

Not only were Corvo’s numbers this season impressive, they also almost matched his production totals from 75 games with the Boston Bruins during the 2011-12 season. At 35 years old Corvo’s age will prevent a long term deal, but he showed little signs of slowing down this season and he hasn’t struggled with any major injuries. If the price is right and Corvo wants to stay in Carolina, he’ll be a great addition for a Hurricanes team that will no doubt experience more success next season than they did in this one.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL senior writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter or add him to your circles on Google Plus.