Minutes after it was reported that the Carolina Hurricanes had signed Tomas Kaberle away from the Boston Bruins for three years and $12.75 million, it was also reported that the Bruins had traded a fourth-round draft pick in 2012 for Joe Corvo, Carolina's own once-secondary puck-mover.
The Corvo deal should raise any eyebrows, unless one considers that Corvo probably wasn't worth a fourth-round pick. In 568 NHL games, he's totaled 79-179=258 totals, well below a half-point-per-game pace.
Still, the Bruins needed another puck mover on their roster, and Corvo will likely help in Steven Kampfer's continued development. Whether or not Corvo is guaranteed a spot on the Bruins' roster will remain an interesting point, as it's likely that Matt Bartkowski could probably challenge for a role at training camp.
Also worth noting now is that the Bruins have quite a lot of money to spend, whether in a trade or free agency now or at the deadline. With $4.25 million gone from Kaberle, another $4 million gone from Ryder, Marc Savard's $4 million hit still sitting on the shelf and the salary cap having been raised to $64.3 million, Boston sits at just over $51 million right now.
That number will inflate a bit when Brad Marchand gets his pay day, but it provides Peter Chiarelli with plenty of money to use on re-signing David Krejci, Tuukka Rask, Gregory Campbell, Rich Peverley, Shawn Thornton, Chris Kelly, Johnny Boychuk, Adam McQuaid or Daniel Paille, each of whom is a free agent of some sort next summer.
Additionally, it provides the Bruins with some breathing room for a salary cap that's almost certain to shrink next year when the CBA is re-negotiated.