|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.
|Nathan Horton skating with Bruins teammates||at 9:47 am ET|
WILMINGTON — Forward Nathan Horton was among those in attendance as Bruins players held an informal practice at Ristuccia Arena on Thursday. Other newcomers included Rich Peverley, Daniel Paille and defenseman Aaron Johnson.
Horton, who saw each of his last two seasons end early due to concussions, was cleared for contact over the summer but elected against playing anywhere during the lockout. Horton skated in Florida during the 113-day stoppage.
General manager Peter Chiarelli and coach Claude Julien were also in attendance. Players had previously been skating at Boston University during the lockout.
|Bruins away from Boston roundup: David Krejci at home and scoring||10.18.12 at 2:42 pm ET|
Only 18 players were able to attend Thursday’s negotiating session between the NHLPA and the owners, due in large part to many of the stars being overseas for the lockout. Among those in attendance Thursday in Toronto was Bruins’ enforcer Shawn Thornton. A good day of talks between the sides could mean an eventual end to the lockout, but for now here’s the latest update on how Bruins players are faring in Europe and the OHL.
[Certain leagues’ stats take a little longer to surface on the various hockey statistics sites (HockeyDB is used for most of these), so some statistics might not be up to the day/hour/minute/etc.]
Swiss National League A
– Tyler Seguin has one goal and four assists for five points in seven games for EHC Biel. He’s also rocking a not-so-shiny minus-6 rating.
– In five games with Prague Lev, Zdeno Chara has one goal and two assists for three points and a minus-1 rating.
– Bruins backup goalie Anton Khudobin is 3-6-2 with a 2.65 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in 11 games for Moscow Oblast Atlant.
Czech Elite League
– David Krejci has three goals and two assists for five points and an even rating in five games for HC Pardubice.
– In two games for Ceske Budejovice, Andrew Ference has one assist and a plus-2 rating.
Deutsche Eishockey League
– Dennis Seidenberg has one assist and an even rating in four games for the Manheim Eagles.
– Through seven games for JyP HT Jyvaskyla of the SM-liiga, Rich Peverley has no goals but five assists. He’s recorded six penalty minutes and has a plus-1 rating.
– Turns out it wasn’t just a hot start for 2011 third-rounder Anthony Camara. The physical forward has nine goals and three assists for 12 points and a plus-3 rating for the Barrie Colts. He’s also kept up his physical end of the bargain, compiling 21 penalty minutes.
– In 11 games for the Niagara IceDogs, Dougie Hamilton has three goals and eight assists for 11 points and a plus-11 rating.
– Goalie Malcolm Subban is 5-2-1 with a 2.08 goals-against average and .934 save percentage through eight games for the Belleville Bulls.
|Rich Peverley, Tuukka Rask headed overseas, Zdeno Chara still weighing options||09.24.12 at 4:44 pm ET|
According to a report out of Finland, Bruins forward Rich Peverley will sign with JYP Jyvaskyla of the SM-liiga in Finland to play during the lockout, and ESPNBoston is reporting that goaltender Tuukka Rask will sign with HC Plzen in the Czech Extraliga.
With Monday’s news, Bruins players set to play overseas for the lockout now include Rask, Peverley, Krejci, Ference, Tyler Seguin (Swiss Elite League), Dennis Seidenberg (Deutsche Eishockey Liga) and Anton Khudobin (KHL).
A source told WEEI.com on Monday that captain Zdeno Chara is still weighing his options and is in no hurry to find a place to play this season.
|Bruins enter ECHL affiliation with South Carolina Stingrays||07.25.12 at 3:23 pm ET|
The Bruins have a new ECHL affiliate, as the team announced it has entered into an affiliation relationship with the South Carolina Stingrays. The B’s previous ECHL club was the Reading Royals, with whom they’d been affiliated since the 2009-10 season.
The Stingrays had been the Capitals’ ECHL affiliate from 2004 to 2012.
Fun fact, per the Bruins’ PR: Rich Peverley‘s first professional season came with the Stingrays in 2004-05. He scored 30 goals and added 28 assist for 58 points in that season.
|Looking back and ahead: Rich Peverley||05.04.12 at 4:17 pm ET|
With the Bruins’ season in the books, WEEI.com will take a look at each player on the roster one-by-one to provide some perspective on what went wrong this season and what the future holds for the 2011 champions.
2011-12 stats: 57 games played, 11 goals, 31 assists, 42 points, plus-20
Contract status: Signed through 2014-15 ($3.25 million cap hit)
Looking back: The 2011-12 season was Peverley’s first full go of it in Boston after being acquired in February of 2011, but the season ended up being plagued by injuries.
First there was an undisclosed injury that caused the Bruins to give him practices and occasional games off, but the real damage was done when Peverley sprained his MCL on a hit from then-Habs defenseman Hal Gill on Feb. 15. That injury kept him out for the next 18 games, accounting for the majority of the 25 games he missed during the regular season.
Still, despite missing as much time as he did, Peverley surpassed the 41 points he had in 82 games in the 2010-11 season. His 31 assists were just two shy of his career-best from 2009-10 (also an 82-game campaign), while his 11 goals made for his lowest total since 2008-09 (two goals in 27 games). Generally moving around between the top three lines, Peverley gained experience playing with a lot of different guys, but such can be expected from a player with his versatility. He took over Nathan Horton‘s spot on David Krejci‘s line after Horton suffered his latest concussion.
The postseason was where Peverley really shined. In a round in which both teams were very quiet offensively, Peverley led the Bruins with three goals in their seven-game first-round series against the Capitals. He was Boston’s best player when the B’s faced elimination in Game 6, as he notched a goal and an assist while winning 13 of 24 faceoffs with Patrice Bergeron unable to take draws. He didn’t fare as well in Game 7, losing 15 of 26 draws.
Looking ahead: The Bruins were able to lock up Peverley, one of many Bruins who entered the season on the final year of their deals, in October with a three-year contract that carries an annual cap hit of $3.25 million. For the sake of comparison, that’s one more year and $250,000 less than Michael Ryder got from the Stars. Such a contract means that the expectations on Peverley will high in the coming seasons.
So what will justify Peverley’s contract? He’s only had one season with 50 or more points in his career (55 in 2009-10), and one would think the 29-year-old has a few more campaigns like that ahead of him.
Of course, and as was seen with Ryder in Dallas this past season, the points can be highly impacted with where he is in the lineup. Assuming Horton is healthy and both Krejci and Milan Lucic are back next season, it would appear that Peverley will be pencilled in on the third line to begin next season. Chris Kelly‘s status as an unrestricted free agent also will play a factor there, as Peverley could potentially take over as the third-line center should Kelly bolt in July.
Ultimately, health and opportunity will help determine whether Peverley makes the Bruins look smart for paying him. The B’s love versatility, and as a guy capable of playing on any of the top three lines (at wing or center), the power play and the penalty kill, Peverley provides obvious value to Claude Julien and the Bruins.
|Capitals release statement disagreeing with Nicklas Backstrom suspension||04.18.12 at 1:30 pm ET|
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Capitals released the following statement Wednesday on the suspension of Nicklas Backstrom. The center was suspended for Game 4 after his cross-check to Rich Peverley‘s face at the end of Game 3.
“We disagree with the NHL’s decision to suspend Nicklas Backstrom. This has been a competitive and physical series, and we do not understand why a suspension was imposed in this case while other incidents in this series have not been reviewed. Our singular focus is on Game 4, and we look forward to the energy that our great fans provide.”