Hurricanes sign D Corvo to two-year, $4.5 million deal

The Sports Network

7/7/2010 4:00:33 PM

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes have brought back defenceman Joe Corvo with a two-year contract.

The pact will pay Corvo $2 million in 2010-11 and $2.5 million in 2011-12. The veteran blueliner was dealt to the Capitals at last year's trade deadline for defenseman Brian Pothier, forward Oskar Osala and a 2011 second-round draft pick.

Corvo spent the equivalent of nearly two seasons in Carolina after being acquired from Ottawa late in the 2007-08 season. During that time he racked up 25 goals and 46 assists while posting a minus-three rating over 138 games.

"Joe has been a really good player for us over the last three seasons, and we feel that this solidifies our defense," said Carolina president and general manager Jim Rutherford. "We appreciate him working with us to get this deal done. He said that he really wanted to stay in Carolina and this commitment confirms that."

Corvo potted two goals and added four assists for the Caps in 18 regular-season games after the trade, then recorded a goal and an assist in the playoffs as Washington was eliminated in seven games in the first round by Montreal.

The Oak Park, Illinois native totaled six goals and 12 assists in 52 regular- season games in 2009-10, missing 28 games from December to February after being cut on the right leg by a skate in a game on November 30.

The 33-year-old has skated in 486 career NHL contests, registering 68 goals and 150 assists with a plus-39 rating for the Kings, Senators, Hurricanes and Capitals.