|Meet new Bruins forward Rich Peverley||02.18.11 at 6:13 pm ET|
In addition to landing the big fish in Tomas Kaberle Friday, the Bruins made a move that both cleared salary and improved their 2010-11 roster by sending Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart to the Thrashers in exchange for forward Rich Peverley and defenseman Boris Valabik. While Valabik doesn’t figure to have an immediate impact on the NHL club, Peverley could play a significant role for the Bruins down the stretch.
Contractual status: Has one more year remaining on his deal after this season at a very reasonable $1.325 million cap hit.
2010-11 stats: 59 games played, 14 goals, 20 assists, 34 points, minus-16.
WHAT HE BRINGS
Peter Chiarelli noted Friday that Peverley’s 161 shots this season would be second on the Bruins. What he didn’t note is that Peverley has as many goals this season (14) as Nathan Horton. Experienced at both center and wing, he figures to fit into the mix as a third-line winger, though that complicates the rest of the bottom six.
It will be interesting to see what this means for Tyler Seguin and the entire dynamic of the bottom six forwards. Chiarelli said Friday that he sees the team keeping the fourth line intact, but it’s hard to imagine Seguin sitting much if he continues to play the way he did Thursday.
The B’s might be better off sitting Daniel Paille ‘ who has played very well this month but missed four games with a suspension ‘ and playing a guy like Chris Kelly on the fourth line. Chiarelli reiterated Friday that the team traded for Kelly to replace Marc Savard, but right now there are simply too many bodies to make sense of it all.
WHY THEY MADE THE DEAL
At face value, this appears to be a smart move for the Bruins for both this season and next season. Wheeler, who carries a $2.2 million cap hit, will be a restricted free agent at season’s end. Given that Peverley, who has out-produced Wheeler this season, will definitely be around for another season at nearly $900,000 saves the team money as they look into potentially re-upping Kaberle. The money saved between Wheeler and Peverley obviously won’t be the ultimate difference in whether they have the space to retain their new blueliner, but it helps.
‘I just, I like to use my speed. That’s probably my number one asset, my speed and my quickness. I do like to shoot the puck a lot and make plays offensively. I’ve really been working on my faceoffs these past two years, learned a lot in Nashville when I was there from a lot of guys. It’s a big thing, I take a lot of pride in it being a really faceoff guy. I know there are some guys there who are already really good at faceoffs so hopefully I can help out in that category also.’
‘Adding Chris Kelly was a lot in part to replace Marc Savard. Obviously he’s not the same player as Marc Savard, but he’s a two-way player that can help out down the middle. And Peverley was to maintain speed and skill and to get better shooting. We scored more goals this year but I still think we can improve our shooting. And he’s got a real good shot and he will help us improve that.’
|Peter Chiarelli: Bruins aim to re-sign Tomas Kaberle||at 5:07 pm ET|
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli spoke Friday at TD Garden to discuss a busy day in which he made two trades. The Bruins moved Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart to the Thrashers earlier in the day in exchange for Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik before sending Joe Colborne, the Bruins’ first-round selection in the coming draft, and a conditional pick to Toronto in exchange for Tomas Kaberle.
“It’s a strong message to our team, to our fans that we want to win and we want to be successful,” Chiarelli said Friday.
Kaberle has long been rumored as a potential trade target for the Bruins. In 58 games with this season, the 32-year-old Czech blueliner has three goals and 35 assists for 38 points.
“We felt that we needed a player like Tomas,” Chiarelli said. “A player with good vision, a good skater who can quarterback a power play, has played many games in the league. A very smart, heady player who can skate.”
Kaberle had to waive his no-trade clause to facilitate the deal to Boston, and will be a free agent at season’s end. Given the steep price the B’s had to pay in Colborne, the 16th overall pick in the 2008 NHL draft, Chiarelli is hopeful that Kaberle will prove to be more than a rental.
“I looked upon this trade as we looked upon the [Dennis] Seidenberg trade. He’s a guy that you want to re-sign,” the GM said. “Having the time of when you acquire him to the time you sign him, it gives a little flavor of the player and how he fits in the group.
“Of course there’s a chance that we won’t re-sign him, but I want to re-sign him. We want to re-sign him. I’ve had some brief discussions with Rick Curran, his agent, and nothing is forthcoming. Nothing will be forthcoming until after the season, but I’ve had a good history with Rick and the Orr hockey group. I think it would smooth sailing to sign him when it comes to that time. It’s an important part of this deal because we’re giving up significant assets.”
Chiarelli noted that given the deals for Kaberle and Peverley, in addition to Tuesday’s trade for Ottawa center Chris Kelly, he believes that as far as big deals go, the Bruins should be quiet leading up to Feb. 28’s trade deadline.
“If I do anything else, it will be something very small unless something significant is available and fits,” he said. “For the most part, we’re done.”
According to a source, the Bruins have swung a deal with the Thrashers that will send forward Blake Wheeler and defenseman Mark Stuart to Atlanta in exchange for center Rich Peverley and defenseman Boris Valabik. TSN’s Bob McKenzie was the first to report the deal.
Peverley, 28, has another year remaining on his contract that carries a cap hit of $1.325. He has 14 goals and 20 assists this season for 34 points. Wheeler has 11 goals and 16 assists on the season for 27 points. He will be a restricted free agent at season’s end.
Stuart, set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, has one goal and four assists for five points in 31 games. He missed time this season due to a fractured and dislocated finger and was relegated to being a healthy scratch upon his return. Valabik, a 6-foot-7, 255 pound blueliner, was the 10th overall pick of the 2004 NHL draft.
[UPDATE: 2:33 p.m.] The Bruins have confirmed the deal.