Corvo wants toe-to-toe meeting with Turris

Corvo wants toe-to-toe meeting with Turris
Matt Puempel. (Julie Oliver/OttawaCitizen)

 BOSTON – Keep you head up and be prepared to drop your gloves, Kyle Turris.

That’s the message from Joe Corvo.

Corvo, the Boston Bruins and ex-Ottawa Senators defenceman, still upset at a high hit from Turris during the Bruins’ 5-3 win over Ottawa and challenged the Senators centre to a fight.

“Let’s just say I’ll be looking for him right off the bat,” Corvo said following the Bruins practice on Monday. “I’m not (happy). Two days I’ve been walking around with a headache. Just because I didn’t lay down on the ice and get carted off and miss a period…I don’t know, it doesn’t mean that it wasn’t a cheap shot.

Corvo suggested Turris’s hit – he received a two-minute boarding penalty, but wasn’t suspended following a hearing with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan – was retaliation for an incident which occurred in the previous games between the teams.

“Hopefully, he’s a man and he’ll step up when I come after him,” said Corvo. “I’m not going to try and hurt him, but I want to fight him.”

If it comes off, it won’t exactly be a heavyweight tilt like the exchange between Chris Neil and Zdeno Chara on Saturday. Turris and Corvo are fighting lightweights, each having dropped the gloves once this season.

If Corvo was to get hurt in a fight, at least the Bruins secured some defensive depth before Tuesday’s trade deadline.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli added shot-blocking expert Greg Zanon – he was originally drafted by the Senators in the fifth round of the draft back in 2000 – from the Minnesota Wild for minor league defenceman Steven Kampfer.

In a separate deal, the Bruins acquired veteran forward Brian Rolston and defenceman Mike Mottau from the New York Islanders, sending forward Yannick Riendeau and Marc Cantin the other way.

The trade represents a homecoming of sorts for Rolston, who played for the Bruins from 1999-2004.

During his 19-year NHL career, he has scored 339 goals and 407 assists in 1235 regular season games and has topped the 20-goal mark seven times. He has also scored 19 goals and 12 assists in 70 career playoff games, winning the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 1995.

For Chiarelli, the moves were all about adding veteran depth and flexibility.

“I’ve seen over my time in hockey, defencemen can drop like flies, really they can, so you can never have enough defencemen. We felt we wanted to have eight NHL defencemen in the mix, so that’s the blueprint I was working off.”

Chiarelli says the past few weeks have represented the most frustrating lead up to trade deadline that he has ever experienced – he acknowledged one deal he had been working on never materialized – because there were many more potential buyers than sellers.

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