I know that I haven't written in a while, but I'd like to take the time to tell you why the Hurricanes made the trade of the deadline period when they acquired Joe Corvo along with Patrick Eaves from the Ottawa Senators for Mike Commodore and Cory Stillman. As of March 28, 2008, Joe Corvo has 43 points this season. Through 51 games, he had 27 points with the Senators. Through 18 games in Carolina, he has 16 points. Hmm.... Mike Commodore, after leading the Hurricanes in defense scoring last year, is struggling in Ottawa. Corvo was underappreciated in Ottawa. Players such as Wade Redden, Christoph Schubert, and Andrei Meszaros made Corvo expendable. His 27 points with Ottawa in those 51 games was more than all but 10 of the Hurricanes (of which he is one) at this point in the season. The closest at this point is Jeff Hamilton, with 22 through 55 games (remember Hamilton was sent down earlier this season).
Corvo provides something more than just points overall. He makes the power play much better. Carolina's power play is currently 10th in the NHL with 18.3%. Since the trade, in 97 chances, the Hurricanes converted on 20.6% of their chances, including 6 straight games from Feb.28 to Mar.12 when the 'Canes scored at least 1 power play goal and one game where they scored 4 out of 7.
The Hurricanes have definitely benefitted from the play of Corvo. In those 51 games in Ottawa, he was +13, while most likely playing 2nd or 3rd pair. Now, in a more open role in Carolina, he's +7 in 18 games. He "leads" the Hurricanes with +20, if you can call it that. Based on his time with the Hurricanes, he's tied with Dennis Seidenberg at +7. Dennis has played only 44 games and acheived that. Joe did that in 18.
Well, I know that there have been better players who have done well. Brian Campbell is averaging almost a point a game in San Jose since the trade. Much has been made about Brad Richards and Marian Hossa's success in Dallas and Pittsburgh, respectively. But it is hard to see that any one player has made an impact on a team like number 77, Joe Corvo.
Oh, by the way, he was only the third Whaler/Hurricane defenseman to score a hat trick in a game. This happened March 16. And he was the subject of the Forslund Focus, a segment in the in-game presentation at the RBC Center where TV play-by-play guy John Forslund highlights players making a difference on the team.
I'm surprised we don't have him in the shootout yet. Just look at his hat-trick sealing goal on the 16th against former 'Cane Martin Gerber. Great move.