|Potential Bruins deadline options: David Jones||02.17.12 at 12:45 pm ET|
When looking at the Bruins’ roster as it related to the trade deadline Wednesday, it seemed the B’s needed a forward — at the very least, they needed a depth guy, but adding a player who could handle top-six responsibilites would be a plus given the uncertainty of the concussed Nathan Horton‘s season.
Then Wednesday night happened. Rich Peverley‘s knee-to-knee collision with Hal Gill left the forward — who was already filling in for Horton on David Krejci‘s line — with a sprained MCL in his right knee. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Friday that Peverley will miss four to six weeks.
And because of that, it shouldn’t be Chiarelli’s only announcement in the next few days. The B’s went from needing a forward to needing a pair of forwards, and if Chiarelli could repeat his magic of a season ago (when he brought in Peverley and Chris Kelly in separate deals), the B’s would be in far better shape than they are now.
The issue is that unlike last year, the Bruins don’t have a couple of tradeable NHL players like Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart. If they want to upgrade, they’ll need to use draft picks and/or prospects.
So who might fit the bill for the Bruins in their time of need? On Wednesday we took a look at Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne, who has 19 goals this season for the Ducks. He should remain an option for the B’s in the coming days, but he isn’t the only right wing they could land.
Take Colorado’s David Jones, for example. Like Peverley, Jones is a native of Guelph, Ontario. He isn’t a solution for the top line, but he would fit the bill as a depth guy to take minutes on the third line. He’s had a modest season thus far with 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points, but last season’s 27-goal campaign showed that he could score more than people may have thought. Jones plays on Colorado’s top line with Paul Stastny and Milan Hejduk.
One thing to watch with Jones is his underwhelming shots on goal total. In 48 games, he has just 69 shots on goal, or 1.43 a night. That’s right around where the likes of Shawn Thornton (1.40 shots on goal per game) and Kelly (1.49) have been this season.
Jones is on a one-year deal with a $2.5 million cap hit, making him an affordable option as a rental should the B’s make a play for him. One thing that could hold up a deal is the fact that Colorado is five points out of a playoff spot in the Western conference.
|Rich Peverley out 4-6 weeks with sprained MCL||at 12:15 pm ET|
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Friday that forward Rich Peverley will miss four to six weeks with a third degree MCL sprain in his right knee. Peverley injured his knee in a collision with Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill Wednesday night and returned to Boston for testing Thursday.
Peverley had been filling in for the concussed Nathan Horton on the team’s top line. With Peverley out of the lineup, coach Claude Julien moved Benoit Pouliot from the third line to the top line in Friday’s morning skate. Daniel Paille moved from the fourth line to Pouliot’s spot on the third line, while Josh Hennessy will make his Bruins debut Friday against the Jets on the fourth line.
|Rich Peverley returns to Boston, won’t play vs. Panthers||01.16.12 at 3:22 pm ET|
Bruins forward Rich Peverley will not play Monday against the Panthers, Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters after the team’s morning skate that Peverley had returned to Boston Saturday to deal with a personal matter.
With Peverley out of the lineup, Zach Hamill, who sat the last two games as a healthy scratch, will return to the lineup for the Bruins.
|Rich Peverley learning to play through pain||01.02.12 at 3:49 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Fun fact about Rich Peverley: He claims to have never missed a game due to injury prior to this season. Given that, the 2011-12 campaign has been a bit strange for the 29-year-old.
The versatile forward has missed four games this season due to an undisclosed injury. The team was cautious with the forward recently, keeping him out on Dec. 23 against the Panthers and last Wednesday against the Coyotes so the injury, which is helped by rest, could have significant time to heal.
Peverley made his return to the lineup in Saturday’s loss to the Stars, registering two shots on goal in 16:55 of ice time.
“It’s just timing and getting your speed,” Peverley said Monday of his return. “It went alright. I definitely wanted to play better.”
Peverley wouldn’t say whether he feels 100 percent after all the time off, but did admit the injury won’t be going away this season.
“I don’t know,” he said. “It’s obviously something that’s going to be there all year, but if I manage it, hopefully it will get better and better.”
In 31 games this season, Peverley has six goals and 19 assists for 25 points and a plus-12 rating.
|Rich Peverley to return to Bruins lineup||12.31.11 at 2:33 pm ET|
Bruins forward Rich Peverley will return to the lineup Saturday night against the Stars, coach Claude Julien confirmed to reporters following the team’s morning skate. Tim Thomas was first netminder off the ice in the morning skate and is expected to get the start in goal.
Peverley missed the team’s last two games with an undisclosed injury that Julien said was helped by rest. The team kept him out of the lineup last Friday agaisnt the Panthers and this Wednesday against the Coyotes. With Peverley’s return to the lineup, Zach Hamill will be a healthy scratch.
In 30 games this season, Peverley has six goals and 19 assists for 25 points.
|Bruins keeping Rich Peverley out vs. Panthers||12.23.11 at 12:01 pm ET|
Peverley has a nagging injury that is helped by rest, and has not practiced this week. He last took the ice in Monday’s 3-2 win over Montreal. The Bruins’ next game after Friday is Wednesday, so Peverley can have up to eight days off as he recovers.
“We made the decision to go forward with the fact that he’s going to get basically a whole week before the next game and only miss one game,” Julien said. “That was the whole plan. Our schedule gets heavy after that, so this was a good time to take that approach.”
In 30 games this season, Peverley has six goals and 19 assists for 25 points. Zach Hamill skated in his place on the third line in Friday’s morning skate.
|Andrew Ference sick, Rich Peverley won’t practice Thursday||12.21.11 at 12:45 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Both Andrew Ference and Rich Peverley were held out of Wednesday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena. Bruins coach Claude Julien said after the practice that Ference is under the weather, while Peverley is still dealing with an ailment that is healed with rest.
The Bruins had Tuesday off, and Julien said that Peverley will not practice at all this week. The team has yet to decide whether he will play Friday against the Panthers.
“Ference is battling the famous flu bug,” Julien said. “Peverley is maintenance. Again, same thing. We’re having a good look here at our schedule and what it may do for him. We’re going to keep him off here for the next couple of days, and tomorrow is certainly another one of those days. We’ll decide whether he’s in on Friday, and if not, that will give him at least a good week. We’re going to be making a decision on him regarding his situation.”
Peverley missed two games last month, sitting out the team’s Nov. 7 and Nov. 10 victories with an undisclosed injury.
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