BOSTON -- Bruins defenseman Joe Corvo said he is finally good to go after encountering some problems with his groin the first two weeks of training camp, and could see his first bit of preseason action tomorrow night in Halifax, Nova Scotia against Montreal.
“I had a little bit of a snag with the groin, but it’s cleared up now,” Corvo said following both training camp sessions Saturday morning at TD Garden. “I’m just looking forward to the rest of camp, and trying to get in as many games as I can before the season starts.”
The 34-year-old Corvo has yet to appear in a preseason game, but when healthy is expected to compete in the defensive pairings and give some life to a stagnant power play.
Asked if he expects to play this weekend, Corvo said, “I should be in, yeah, I’m 100 percent. I’m good.”
The sharp-shooting Corvo appeared in all 82 games with Carolina last season, averaging nearly 25 minutes of ice time and logging 11-29-40 point totals, before coming to Boston this summer in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick in 2012.
Who gets seconds?
The space in front of the crease was nicknamed “Recchi’s office” last season, a reference to the gritty net-front presence that the future Hall of Fame winger commanded at some of the most crucial moments of the Bruins’ Stanley Cup Championship run last spring.
Recchi provided the perfect balance of scoring flair and grind-it-out morale on a pairing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Statistically it was the most efficient line, accounting for 54 total points in the playoffs and all four goals in the Cup-clinching seventh game against Vancouver.
Simply put, the way to replace Recchi is by not replacing him. Judging by the early outsets, Rich Peverley has filled that void on Bergeron’s line adequately. In his first preseason action last night, in the 6-3 win over the Islanders, Peverley had a goal and three assists (two of which came on the power play).
Last night, Peverley was out of the office, so to speak, setting up in the corners as Bergeron and Marchand typically like to do. That created perpetual movement in the offensive zone, with all three taking turns looking for seams rushing to the net. It was a bit of a different look, but one that provided quality results.
“Pevs and Recchi are different players, but Pevs is a great guy to play with,” Marchand said. “He really sees the ice well, he’s very fast, very quick, great with the puck. I have fun playing with him.”
Bergeron not with team
Bergeron was absent from camp today, and head coach Claude Julien confirmed that the alternate captain is back in Bathurst, New Brunswick, until Monday. His major-junior club, Acadie-Bathurst of the QMJHL, is planning on retiring his No. 37 jersey during tomorrow’s contest against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
Julien said he doesn’t plan on playing Bergeron these next two exhibitions, which is why the center suited up for games this week against Ottawa and the Islanders. Julien added that Bergeron is expected to report to practice Monday morning in Montreal,