As General Manager Bryan Murray said on the Team 1200 afternoon show on Monday, Joe Corvo had asked, through his agent, to be moved to an American team.
Murray told the show that Corvo was never comfortable in a Senators uniform because of the pressure that comes with playing in a hockey town. He certainly hit the jackpot in Carolina in that regard.
Murray also mentioned that he only wanted players who can thrive under the intense media and fan pressure, pointing out that both Cory Stillman and Mike Commodore were excited to be playing in a Canadian city.
It probably was a culture shock for Corvo, coming from care-free Hollywood but you couldn't help but get the feeling that Murray was more than happy to compy with Corvo's trade request. He didn't outright question his character but it was somewhat easy to read between the lines.