As the Carolina Hurricanes head into the summer of 2013, we know exactly the areas in which they need to upgrade. While they’ll be a somewhat busy team this summer, perhaps looking at the trade market, upgrading the defense is going to be a major priority for them.
But despite the need for defense that the Hurricanes currently have, they won’t be bringing back one of their veteran defenseman who is set to become an unrestricted free agent. At least, not yet. They’re going to let Joe Corvo hit the free agent market and test the waters once again.
Corvo was actually one of the only sources of consistency, from a health perspective, for the Hurricanes in 2013. On a blue line that was decimated by injury, Corvo played in 40 games this season, providing steady play to the tune of 19 minutes a night. Not bad for a guy who had become something of a journeyman.
That ‘journey’ has actually included three different stints with the Hurricanes over the last few years. He spent three years with the Canes, from 2007 to 2010, came back for a year in 2010-11, before ending back up in Carolina with a one-year, $2 million for the 2013 season.
Despite his moving around recently, Corvo is a reliable defenseman, if he can be had for the right price. He’s capable of shouldering a good chunk of minutes if he had to, and will put up some points from the blue line, with 17 points in 40 tilts in 2013.
Corvo could be worth bringing back for the Hurricanes, if he’s unable to find the contract he’s looking for on the open market. If they can keep him at the same price, plus or minus a couple thousand, then he’s absolutely worth keeping around. At this stage in his career, he’s a solid depth defenseman who can step up if he has to, and is worth keeping just in case the Hurricanes find themselves in a similar position with injuries this next season.