Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli acquired Peverley from the Atlanta Thrashers at the trade deadline in 2011, and Peverley ended up being an integral part of Boston's Stanley Cup team that season.
This season, his third with the Bruins, Peverley struggled offensively. He had six goals and 12 assists during the regular season and registered a team-low minus-nine. In the Stanley Cup playoffs, he had only two goals and was a minus-eight.
"When you're judging these players, on both sides, this year was a tough year to judge," Chiarelli said. "You really have to be careful, and Rich is no different. I know he was back and forth, three times when he was playing overseas prior to the start of the season. He was playing in Finland, and he never really got going for a number of reasons. But the year before, the two years before, he was a terrific piece to our depth puzzle when we won. He could move up and down the lineup. He could move across the lineup, any position. Terrific on faceoffs. He moved up when Nathan [Horton] got hurt two years ago. So he's a really useful, really good player. I don't judge him; good hockey people don't judge him by maybe a down year this year. They know what they're getting there."
Peverley said he's excited about his new opportunity.
"I'm incredibly motivated to bounce back and have a great year," Peverley said. "It's a new beginning and I'm looking forward to it."
He's projected to be a second-line center for the Stars, a role he's looking forward to returning to.
"I'm pretty excited about having that opportunity. It's an opportunity I've had in the past when I was in Atlanta and I'm looking forward to more responsibility on the ice and whichever way Lindy wants to use me I'm open to, center or wing, I'm really looking forward to it."