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Why Joe Corvo is Better Than Brian Pothier

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2010 by mwalle1

When puck moving defenseman Brian Pothier and Joe Corvo swapped teams at the trade deadline, the Caps filled a need that went largely unnoticed. 

The team was criticized for not getting a higher caliber defenseman, but Corvo is just what the team needed.  He controls the puck better than Pothier did, and is able to move the puck out of the defensive zone quickly and accurately.  Also, Corvo has the ability to quarterback the power play and step in for Mike Green if needed, something Pothier could never do.

Mike Green was burnt out by the time the playoffs rolled around last year from playing over 20 minutes a game in nearly every situation and was injured most of the post season.  Corvo is able to take Green’s spot on the power play at times and is able to give Green time to rest, regroup, whatever.  Corvo is a minute eating defenseman and that helps conserve the energy of other defenseman such as Green because they’re not relied on as heavily.  Sometimes the best contributions don’t show up in the box score.

A stat that helps to illustrate the fact Corvo is a better puck possession defensman than Pothier is at even strength Corvo has blocked 32 opposing shots compared the Pothier’s 70 blocked shots.  One could argue Pothier is a better shot blocker, sure, but if Pothier has had so many more chances to block shots, odds are its related to the fact he couldn’t hang onto the puck.

Finally, and perhaps the most important stat in comparing Corvo to Pothier is the amount of giveaways each of them have.  The Caps are constantly giving up odd man rushes due to the style of hockey they play, so limiting turnovers is very important.  Since joining the Caps 12 games ago Corvo has just 2 givaways compared to Pothier’s average of 0.5 a game, the equivalent of 6 in the same span, and even worse is John Erskine’s 0.75 a game, ouch.

So, while the debate of did the Caps do the best they could as far as defenseman at the deadline, one thing seems pretty clear, the Caps improved and gave themselves a better chance to win.


Deadline Day Done, Caps Winners?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2010 by mwalle1

D-man Joe Corvo was added by the Caps on deadline day

The trade deadline has come and gone and teams have either added pieces for a run to the Cup or unloaded dead weight and arm-chair GM’s worldwide come out of the woodworks to slam or praise the real GM’s.

How did the Caps fare you may be asking yourself.  Well, who really knows how the Cap did, I sure don’t.

GMGM unloaded one puck moving defense men, Brian Pothier, for another puck moving defense men, Joe Corvo.  Confused?  Me too.  The Caps also added defense men Milan Jurcina, yes, the same Jurcina the Caps gave the heave-ho to in December.  Confused?  Me too.

Moving on from the additions on defense.  What, were you expecting more?  So was every other Caps fan.  Right Winger Scott Walker was added from the Canes and for only a 7th round pick, way to go George.  Finally, Center Eric Belanger was added from the Wild for a second-round pick and after the Walker deal seems like a steep price, but I’ll give it to you George.

CapsBlog blogger Adam Wellington claimed a winger with a number in the teens would be on the move today in a package for a physical D-man and that, as we know, never pan out, so I said hey Adam, what’s up with the misleading lead?

“A reputable source had told me it was a done deal that would have either Flash or Fehr being shipped out for a physical D-man, but the deal fell through at the last minute because the two team couldn’t come to terms on the value of the mystery player,” said Wellington.  “I made the call to post it and you guys jumped on me when 3 p.m. came and went and a bruiser wasn’t added to the Caps, so I’m sorry, but that goes to show how the day works, things can change on a dime.”

The boys are back in town tomorrow with the new additions in tow and only time will tell if GMGM made the right moves, but the armchairs have spoken and even they don’t even know if the Caps are winners or losers on this important deadline day.