40-Year-Old Defenseman – Free Agent
Joe Corvo Contract Information:
Became an unrestricted free agent in July 2014.
Corvo was loaned to AHL Chicago on Wednesday, Ian Mendes of the Ottawa Citizen reports.
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The Senators picked up Corvo off the free agent market this summer after losing their veteran blueliner from the 2013 season, Sergei Gonchar. Corvo signed on cheap at just $900,000 for one season, and will likely play the same role that Gonchar played last year, seeing some powerplay time and being part of the second defensive pairing. Corvo has shown some offensive value in the past, but his best years are almost surely behind him. He was able to record six goals and 11 assists in 2013 with the Hurricanes, and that kind of production could certainly be valuable in most fantasy leagues.
Though Corvo is only one year removed from his resurgent 2010-2011 campaign, the 35 year-old's 10 years in the league might finally be catching up to him. The puck-moving defender could see a small uptick in points with the arrival of Jordan Staal, but the percentages are not in his favor. Corvo's 25 points with Boston last season were his lowest since the injury-plagued season of 2009-10; his last two full seasons in Carolina saw him notch 38 and 40 points, respectively. In deep leagues with many defensemen slots, Corvo is worth a late-round flier.
Corvo racked up 40 points in 82 games this past season with Carolina -- 18 of them on the power play -- and perhaps he can do more for the B's on the man advantage than the often-maligned Tomas Kaberle did during his stint with the team. Corvo is in the last year of a deal that pays him $2.25 million, a price tag that is $2 million less than what Kaberle got from Carolina, so the price is right. An unfortunate assault incident from the past is something Corvo has tried to put behind him and evidently the Bruins are confident that he has matured enough as a player to help out in the puck-moving department in the wake of the Kaberle experiment, which was a failure overall.
After an eighteen game stint with the Capitals, Corvo skated right back to Raleigh ahead of the 2010-11 season. Since he's already familiar with the 'Canes system, Corvo should lend some offensive muscle to a blue line in need of scorers, particularly on the man advantage. There are more exciting rearguards to own, but Corvo is consistent.
Last season Corvo registered 38 points (14G, 24A) in 81 games while continuing to show that he’s a good option on the power play. However, inconsistency from this blueliner is enough to give fantasy owners fits. Corvo went through ugly stretches last season, putting up his share of successive goose eggs in box scores. Look for him in the middle-to-late rounds in deeper league drafts.
Corvo should be among the better options for offensive production from the blue line this year. In his last three seasons, his point totals are 40, 37, 48. In Raleigh he'll continue to get loads of power play ice time.
After a challenging first year with Ottawa, Corvo should now be quite comfortable with the Senators' system. Because of this, he should be able to improve his numbers and play at a much more consistent level than last year. Corvo will see a lot of time on Ottawa's first or second power play unit and should be in the neighborhood of 40 points by year's end.
Corvo, who likes to shoot the puck (7th in shots among defenseman in 05-06), will see a good amount of time on the Senators' plowerplay this year. Expect him to put up numbers as good as or better than last year on a deep and talented Ottawa squad.
Corvo is most likely going to be in the bottom pairing of defenseman, and not getting much ice time. Unless injuries hit the Kings, don't expect much production from him.