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Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien "Optimistic" About Joe Corvo

Moments after losing Tomas Kaberle to the high-bidding Carolina Hurricanes, the Bruins executed a trade with Carolina to acquire defenseman Joe Corvo from the Hurricanes for a fourth-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

At first, many fans weren't pleased. But after tempers subsided and cooler heads prevailed, it was revealed that Corvo - a bigge, stronger version of Kaberle, in many ways - might actually not be a bad pickup for Boston, which didn't quite get what it wanted from Kaberle, certainly not in the physicality department that's branded their game for so long. 

Julien spoke to reporters following the last day of rookie development camp, and DJ Bean reports in the Big Bad Blog that the Bruins' bench boss feels pretty good about the pickup. 

"Again, he skates well and he’ll move the puck well. That’s where Kaberle … people that thought he underachieved a little bit. I think at the beginning we weren’t quite getting what we wanted. But once you saw him get a little comfortable, we’ve got to give him credit. He’s a smart player, he sees the ice well, makes good plays and that’s where his strength is. When you look at Corvo, his shot is going to be a lot better and hopefully on the power play which we did [get] some good shots from the back end, it will certainly help us." - Bruins head coach Claude Julien

Corvo had 11-29=40 totals last season with Carolina.