Monday, November 4, 2013
Peverley: 'Forever linked' with Bruins
By Scott Barboza
BOSTON -- In anticipation of his Boston return after being dealt to the Dallas Stars as part of a seven-player blockbuster, Rich Peverley reflected on his two-plus years with the Bruins.
Peverley, who was traded to Boston as part of a trade deadline deal that helped the Bruins to a Stanley Cup victory in 2011, had nothing but positives to take from his days here.
“We’ll be forever linked that way,” the 31-year-old forward said of 2011’s Cup run. “Some of my best friends are over there, so it’s good to see them.”
Peverley said he wasn’t surprised to hear he’d been involved in a trade this summer. Reading the tea leaves as the NHL salary cap decreased in the offseason, Peverley acknowledged that trades are just part of the business of professional hockey.
At the time of the trade, which brought Loui Eriksson, among others, to Boston, it was reported shedding Peverley’s contract in the deal saved the Bruins more than $3 million in cap space.
“I knew the team had to make decisions,” Peverley said. “Unfortunately, I was the guy to go, and Tyler [Seguin], but there’s no hard feelings. It’s a business.”
Peverley also addressed the departure of his then-and-now teammate, Seguin, and the public manner in which the decision was portrayed in the “Behind the B” program that aired on NESN.
“I watched those videos, they made decisions,” Peverley said. “That’s their decisions and I’m sure they’re happy with it, they got good players back.”
He added, “Boston’s good at creating winners every year, so they’re doing something right.”
Peverley has two goals and five assists for seven points in 13 games for the Stars, after avoiding a health scare in the offseason, when doctors discovered an irregular heartbeat.