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We have a trade to announce: Boston acquires Zanon from Minnesota

Feb 27, 2012, 3:19 PM EDT

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The Boston Bruins used a little bit of their cap space to add some blueline depth during the trade deadline, as they acquired defenseman Greg Zanon from the Minnesota Wild. Zanon comes at the cost of Steven Kampfer.

Zanon’s greatest “strength” is in shot-blocking, which means he might just have a running bet with Dennis “Pain Sponge” Seidenberg to lead the Bruins in that category. (Also, they’ll go toe-to-toe in “ornate bruises.”)

He won’t make many beautiful plays, but Zanon’s the kind of guy who should fit right in with Claude Julien’s system. The 31-year-old blueliner is an unrestricted free agent this summer.

  1. drewsylvania - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Hopefully he’ll fit right in. Kaberle never did, and Corvo took forever to become passable. (Granted, both guys are hardly known for their D…)

  2. vshehane - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Love Zanon. Wish we had him back in Smashville.

  3. lucicfan603 - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    I like it Zanon will fit nicely into the system and will add some depth on our blue line

  4. danphipps01 - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Goodbye, Joe Corvo. Somehow, I don’t expect you’ll be missed.

    • drewsylvania - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      Goodbye Corvo? You mean after the season?

    • bruins33 - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:41 PM

      Don’t understand why people keep saying they don’t like Corvo. He plays solid defensive D and is also an offensive threat. Huge upgrade from Kaberle in my opinion

      • drewsylvania - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:45 PM

        Corvo was atrocious on D until about 15 games ago, when he became decent.

        Which is still a huge upgrade from Kaberle.

      • rogersjd16 - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:55 PM

        Yea sorry guy. Corvo, while definitely an “improvement” over Kaberle has certainly not been the player on either side of the puck he was featured to be. The amount of odd man rushes he gives up with his ill advised pinching is staggering. And he’s been pretty stagnant on PPs too.

        That being said, I will agree he’s gotten better recently. And hopefully this little spat with Turris will motivate him more. Regardless, great move picking up Zanon given the time of season and some guys being banged up. Boychuk is hurting and although he keeps playing, Seidenberg needs the depth help.

      • bruins33 - Feb 27, 2012 at 5:52 PM

        Corvo is 8th on the team in assists, only behind Chara when just looking at defensemen and he has a respectable +/-.
        And I have not noticed this ill advised pinching you’re talking about; especially to the extent where you’re going to call for his head like we’ve done to Wideman and Kaberle.
        I think it’s time to give him some credit.

  5. greatminnesotasportsmind - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Who is this Kampfer guy?

    • drewsylvania - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:44 PM

      Puck-moving defenseman with speed. But he has trouble staying healthy, and didn’t do much during his callups.

      • homelanddefense - Feb 27, 2012 at 4:05 PM

        also he is smallish…..

    • James O'Brien - Feb 27, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      Yeah he probably won’t bring much to Minnesota.

      • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Feb 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM

        so the same for Zanon in Boston. Gotcha

  6. pastabelly - Feb 27, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Corvo is holding Dougie Hamilton’s spot. He is a downgrade from Kaberle. Kaberle had a decent Finals. He moved the puck out of the zone well and had a good +/- in that series. I’d hate to think that the Zanon acquisition means that they are concerned about Boychuck. Boychuck is solid.

    The Bruins won’t be going past the second round if neither Peverley nor Horton comes back.

    • terriers4 - Feb 27, 2012 at 4:51 PM

      Peverley is no doubt going to be back for the playoffs its Horton that is the concern right now which is why i was hoping the bruins would go for a goal scoring forward

  7. govtminion - Feb 27, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    I liked what I saw from Kampfer when he got a chance, but he’s just hurt so often… maybe the change of environment and style will help him.

  8. kensievers - Feb 27, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Here is a good list of all the Wild trades they have made. Includes incoming draft picks and stuff.

  9. neelyisgod - Feb 27, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    So my question is, why couldn’t the B’s get John Scott from Chicago instead of the NYR with a 5th round pick? Instead we do this?

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