Corvo just didn't dig Ottawa

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:20 AM ET

Joe Corvo fired one last shot before leaving the Senators and aimed it directly at the media.

The former Ottawa defenceman confirmed to the Raleigh News and Observer after being dealt to the Hurricanes on Monday that he wanted out because he didn't like the atmosphere in the city.

Corvo, who chose to sign a four-year, $10.7-million US deal with Ottawa in July 2005, said his family didn't like the city, he didn't like the way he was treated by the Ottawa media and thought the city was too small with nowhere to escape.

"It's hard to understand if you haven't played in Canada," said Corvo, a Chicago native, who claimed earlier this year he wasn't going to read the newspapers or watch TV. "The media (in Ottawa) at times can be completely ridiculous, the way they can take some of the stories that are nothing and make something out of them."

That's why Corvo's agent called Senators GM Bryan Murray several times to ask for a trade because Corvo couldn't handle the pressure.

This is the same Corvo who had a meltdown in front of the media after being beaten by the Thrashers' Slava Kozlov for a goal in overtime last season.

NOT DONE YET: Murray isn't finished wheeling and dealing. It's believed the Senators would still like to bring in one more winger and possibly a puck-moving defenceman. The Senators could find out in the next 24-48 hours whether C Peter Forsberg is going to make his comeback here or with somebody else. There has been speculation in Sweden that Forsberg, who has been skating with MoDo, will sign with the Flyers if he does return to the NHL, but the Senators were one of several teams that received a call last Friday saying he wanted more time to make his decision. Apparently, Forsberg doesn't want to come back unless his foot is 100% and he's sure that he'll be able to complete the season. Once the Senators know what Forsberg is going to do, then they'll be able to decide what direction to take. Not only would the Senators like another forward, there's talk they have held discussions with the Lightning about D Dan Boyle, an Ottawa native who can become and unrestricted free agent this summer. Boyle has opened contract talks with the Bolts, but is expected to be moved at the deadline. St. Louis D Bryce Salvador, who is also a potential UFA, could also be on Ottawa's radar.

PLENTY OF ACTION: As the Senators were wrapping up their morning skate yesterday, D Mike Commodore and W Cory Stillman arrived after flying to Ottawa from Raleigh. The pair, who were acquired in the deal that sent Corvo and W Patrick Eaves to Carolina, were happy to land with a Stanley Cup contender. Stillman wasn't surprised by the move. He had been talking to Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford about the possibility of a trade for the last month because the veteran winger had to waive his no-trade clause. "When you have that right, you can (kill) a trade and say no," said Stillman, who was called aside by Rutherford when he got off the bus after practice in Boston. "I think you would be dumb to not come to this team and organization. Year after year they are improving. They made a step last year (getting to the final) and, obviously, they're looking to make a bigger step this year." As for Commodore, he didn't see it coming. "I got the call at 2:05 (p.m.), I was just kind of on my computer in my hotel room in Boston and I knew something was up when Jim Rutherford wanted to see me because he doesn't want to see me very often," said Commodore. "But I'm happy to be here and I'm happy to be part of this." The Senators are pleased to have them, too. "They're going to fit in well," said Senators G Martin Gerber, who won a Stanley Cup with the duo in Carolina in 2006. "These are great guys to have in the dressing room. They've got experience (of winning the Cup). They've been through it all the way and they know what it takes to be successful."


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