Joe Corvo is returning to a familiar address.
The veteran defenseman signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract Wednesday with the Carolina Hurricanes, where he scored 25 goals over parts of three seasons before he was dealt to the Washington Capitals at the 2010 trade deadline.
"Joe has been a really good player for us over the last three seasons, and we feel that this solidifies our defense," Hurricanes President and General Manager Jim Rutherford said. "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, 33, recorded 6 goals and 18 points in 52 games played last season. He was traded to the Capitals on March 3 in exchange for defenseman Brian Pothier, center Oskar Osala and Washington's 2011 second-round draft selection. He had a goal and an assist during the Capitals' seven-game Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against Montreal.
Originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Corvo has totaled 68 goals, 218 points and 186 penalty minutes in 486 career games with Los Angeles, Ottawa, Carolina and Washington. He has five goals and 18 points in 45 career Stanley Cup playoff games.
He matched career highs in goals (14) and games played (81), led Carolina blueliners in points (38) and ranked first among NHL defensemen in game-winning goals (6) in 2008-09, his only full season with the Hurricanes.