BOSTON — The Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins acquired defenseman Joe Corvo from the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday for a fourth-round pick in next year’s draft.
Corvo scored 11 goals with 29 assists last year. He became available when the Hurricanes signed former Bruin Tomas Kaberle as a free agent.
In eight NHL seasons, Corvo has 79 goals and 179 assists. He has played for the Hurricanes, Washington Capitals, Ottawa Senators and Los Angeles Kings.
A 6-foot-1, 210-pound defenseman, Corvo was originally drafted by the Kings in the fourth round of the 1997 draft.
Also Tuesday, Chiarelli said forward Milan Lucic had surgery to fix the cartilage in his nose, and backup goalie Tuukka Rask had arthroscopic surgery on the meniscus in his knee. Neither is expected to require a long recovery.
The Bruins also signed forwards Jamie Tardif and Josh Hennessy. Hennessy, a native of Brockton, Mass., who played 20 games for Ottawa from 2006-10, played for the Swiss club HC Lugano last season. Tardif spent the last two years in the AHL.
Hurricanes sign Kaberle
RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes have signed free-agent defenseman Tomas Kaberle to a three-year, $12.75 million contract.
The Hurricanes announced the signing Tuesday, shortly after they traded defenseman Joe Corvo to Boston for a draft pick.
The 33-year-old Kaberle was dealt from Toronto to Boston at the trading deadline and helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup. His brother, Frantisek, was a member of the Hurricanes’ 2006 Cup-winning team.
Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford called Kaberle “one of the top puck-moving defensemen in the NHL.” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said the team talked with Kaberle’s agent but they couldn’t reach an agreement.
“We seized the opportunity,” Chiarelli said. “We do wish Tomas well. He provided us with something we greatly needed in the Stanley Cup drive and he’s got a good contract with a good team now.”
Kaberle had a combined four goals and 43 assists with the Maple Leafs and Bruins during the regular season, and had another 11 assists during the playoffs. He joins Joni Pitkanen as Carolina defensemen making at least $4 million this season.
Chiarelli said the Bruins felt strongly about pursuing Corvo, who became available when the Hurricanes signed former Kaberle. Corvo had 11 goals with 29 assists last season.
“This came as a surprise to me and a very pleasant surprise,” Corvo said. “I’m happy to come to a team that is coming off an outstanding season and hasn’t made many changes at all.”
Senators get Konopka
OTTAWA — The Ottawa Senators added some muscle by signing tough guy Zenon Konopka to a one-year deal.
The 30-year-old center spent last season with the New York Islanders, registering two goals, seven assists and a league-high 307 penalty minutes.
Konopka also ranked fourth in the NHL with a 57.7 per cent faceoff success rate.
He has played 195 career games with Anaheim, Columbus, Tampa Bay and the Islanders and scored eight goals, with 14 assists and 684 penalty minutes.
Konopka spent his entire junior career with the Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67’s.