Washington Acquires Milan Jurcina from Columbus and Joe Corvo from Carolina

March 04, 2010

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Jeff Ponder

Washington Acquires Milan Jurcina from Columbus and Joe Corvo from Carolina

Rumors swirled that the Capitals were looking for another defenseman to make a serious playoff run; how about two of them?

Reports stated Tuesday night that the Capitals were in discussions with many teams about bringing in a defenseman.  The number one rumor (found on NHL.com) was that Capitals GM Mike McPhee was talking with Blues' GM Larry Pleau about bruiser Barret Jackman.  A deal seemed imminent until it was announced that Jurcina was brought in from Columbus for a sixth-round pick approximately ten minutes before the deadline.  It was announced a half hour later that the club also brought in Joe Corvo from the Hurricanes in exchange for defenseman Brian Pothier and an undisclosed draft pick.

Jurcina adds size (6'4” 236 lbs.) and grit to the Capitals blue line.  The 2010 Slovakian Olympian has just one goal and two assists in 17 games this season for Columbus, but his ability to stay in the play and take the body is probably the most impressive skill that Jurcina adds to the team.

Corvo is more of the offensive defenseman acquired today, scoring 212 points in 468 career games played.  His offensive numbers are not impressive this season (4-8—12) but has proven in the past that his passing ability and puck control can more than benefit five-on-five or on the power-play.

The Capitals came out ahead in both deals.  Acquiring two quality defensemen for just two draft picks and a number four defensemen is not too shabby.  This doesn't mean that Columbus and Carolina didn't get a good return though; the Capitals just added to an already dynamic roster that will help in their playoff run.

Keywords: barret jackman, brian pothier, joe corvo, larry pleau, mike mcphee, milan jurcina, washington capitals

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