It seems like the Boston Bruins have needed a puck moving defenseman since the departure of Ray Bourque. They traded for Dennis Wideman from the St. Louis Blues, giving up scorer Brad Boyes in 2007. Wideman had a great season in 2008-2009, but in 2009-2010 he was run out of town.
After that experiment, the Bruins traded for Tomas Kaberle of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2010-2011 trading deadline, giving up top prospect Joe Colborne. The Bruins would win the Cup, but with no help from Kaberle’s puck moving “skills.” He was also run out of town in that off season.
For 2011-2012, the Bruins tried Joe Corvo. Corvo was supposed to do the puck movers job, and help out on the worst power play to ever win a Stanley Cup. Neither has happened. Corvo, whose defense is not his strong suit, has somehow managed to be a +11 this season. That might have to do with the cast around him; Zdeno Chara, Johnny Boychuk, Dennis Seidenberg, Adam McQuaid and Andrew Ference.
All of those defensemen are strong on the defensive side. Chara can move the puck out of his zone ok, but other than that, no offense on that side. And despite the lack of offense from Corvo, the Bruins manage to be one of the highest scoring teams in the NHL.
The forwards are where the offense comes from. The defense plays defense. The Bruins don’t have an uber-talented offensive defenseman like Mike Green. They have Joe Corvo. Either they need to get Corvo to buy into defense first, or they need to give up on their puck moving defenseman love affair.
The trading deadline is coming, and this is the Bruins chance to move on from Corvo. They may have trouble moving him, but if they trade for a defenseman, we know who will be taking a back seat.