Rich Peverley loved Finland, but was ‘as pissed off as anyone’ during lockout
|01.10.13 at 4:42 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Forward Rich Peverley was among the newcomers to informal practice Thursday, as he, Nathan Horton, Daniel Paille and newcomer Aaron Johnson joined the likes of Shawn Thornton, Andrew Ference, Zdeno Chara and Tuukka Rask, among others.
Peverley spent the lockout in Finland playing for JyP HT Jyvaskyla of the SM-liiga. There, he played with Habs forward Lars Eller, as well as former Predators teammate Ramzi Abid.
In 29 SM-liiga games, Peverley scored nine goals and added 14 assists for 23 points in 29 games (he also had an eyebrow-raising 47 penalty minutes, according to HockeyDB. Assuming it isn’t a misprint, that means he had more penalty minutes in 29 games over in Finland than he did in a full 82-game season with the Thrashers, as he had 36 all of 2009-10).
“I had a great time,” Peverley said of the experience. “Luckily I was with a great group of guys and some guys I had played with in the past. That eased the transition. I’m really happy I did it and looking back, I would have done the same thing [again].”
As for the lockout itself, Peverley said he feels sorry for the fans, but nobody should think the players were happy to miss time, either.
“I’m a fan too and I was as pissed off as anyone,” he said. “‘¦ We’ve got great fans here, and hopefully in other places around the league, they’ll understand what happened and will come back and support us.”
Peverley figures to have a new linemate in the upcoming season. The Bruins used a combination of Benoit Pouliot, Jordan Caron and Brian Rolston on the other wing with Peverley and Chris Kelly, but both Pouliot and Rolston are gone, while Caron is dealing with an upper-body injury. One possible candidate to take the job for the time being is Chris Bourque, who has eight goals and 20 assists for 28 points in 32 games for Providence this season, is among the candidates to start the season on that wing.