I was one of the big doubters of COrvo when he was signed in the off season. I'm more than happy to see that he is thus far proving me wrong.
After watching Corvo last year 4 or 5 times, I also had big doubts about this signing. He looked very weak defensively at times last year when I saw him play. I think having a defensively solid partner like Phillips is making a big difference this year. I don't know if it's that Phillips has been working with Corvo in practice on his defensive game, or if it's that Corvo has more confidence on the ice knowing he has a defensively solid partner out there with him (something he did not have in L.A. last year).
Yes he still has a tendency to give the puck away sometimes, but this year he seems to be better at getting back into the play that he was last year.
As for any comparisons to McCabe, I know that in a cap world I'd rather have Corvo at $2.5-million/season for the next four years that McCabe at 5.75/season over those years. Even if you think McCabe is better, do you think he's $3.25-million/season better ???
As long as we are comparing Corvo to other D-Men; I think Corvo at $2.5-million/season is better than Pothier at $2.5-million/season.