If you were wondering – like I was – why Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford didn't wait a little longer before shipping D Joe Corvo
to the Bruins in a July 5th deal that netted him just a fourth-round pick in return, the answer is a familiar one: money.
When you're managing a budget-conscious club like the Canes, you worry about real dollars. In fact, you worry about every real dollar. In the coming season, Corvo will earn $2.5M (his cap hit is $2.25M). After signing free agent D Tomas Kaberle
to a three-year, $12.75M deal earlier last Tuesday, Rutherford quickly moved Corvo's cash off the Canes' books.
"We couldn't have kept both guys on our team moving forward," says Rutherford, speaking to why he didn't opt to shop Corvo in search of a better offer. "Through his representative, he (Corvo) already had requested to be traded, so we had something in motion and we thought it best to act on it. There's no guarantee we'd have been able to move him when we needed to before the season started."