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Rich Peverley retires from NHL, joins Stars’ front office

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Rich Peverley shared some sad (though maybe not surprising) news on Saturday: his NHL playing career is over.

On the bright side, it sounds as though he’s immediately transitioning to a front office job, as he told the Dallas Morning News’ Mike Heika that he’ll work in the player development department.

“It was working out, monitoring how I was doing, continuing to see doctors to exhaust every avenue and find out exactly if I could play,” Peverley said to the DMN. “It’s a case that’s very complicated, and what I have learned is there is no 100 percent to medicine and, unfortunately, I can’t play anymore.”

Peverley fought his way from going undrafted to playing 442 regular season games and 59 postseason contests in his career. He’s likely best remembered for his time with Boston, where he won a Stanley Cup in 2011.

It’s never a happy moment to see a player hang up his skates at what he believes is a premature age (Peverley is 33).

On the other hand, there are probably a few onlookers who are breathing a sigh of relief.

Peverley’s “cardiac incident” was a truly frightening scene, and many were worried about the risks he might be taking if he resumed NHL play. Some of the choice might have been taken out of his hands, as it’s plausible that no GM wanted to roll the dice with his health.

Heika shares more details regarding Peverley’s decision and his role with the Stars organization here.

Tyler Seguin already spoke out about his former teammate:

Rangers nab Chris Drury as director of player development

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While we don’t know the particulars about his day-to-day life, it seems like this has been a stellar summer for Chris Drury.

Back in August, he learned that he’ll become a member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Friday presented some other great news: the New York Rangers announced that he’ll be their director of player development.

“It’s a smart move for us to spend effort and time on development … I enjoy his approach to the game,” GM Jeff Gorton said. “We’re trying to add people in some key positions that have had different experiences … that can give us a fresh look.”

Drury, 39, finished his NHL career by playing four seasons with the Rangers, wrapping things up in 2010-11.

He generated 62 goals (including 10 game-winners) and 151 points in 264 regular season contests with New York; Drury also made dump trucks full of money there, as you may remember from various angry fans on message boards.

He obviously also made waves with the Colorado Avalanche (winning a Stanley Cup in 2001) and Buffalo Sabres, so he could impart plenty of lessons to developing prospects.

Blueshirts United goes deep on his duties:

In his role, Drury, 39, will be responsible for working with the team’s hockey operations department to assist in the development of Rangers prospects, both on and off the ice. He will serve as a liaison between the hockey operations department and prospects in the organization, and assist in the evaluation of the team’s prospects. Drury will work closely with the Rangers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, to further enhance the progression of Rangers prospects who are in professional hockey by providing encouragement and guidance. In addition, he will assist in overseeing and evaluating all players at the collegiate level.

Update: Multiple witnesses reportedly subpoenaed in Patrick Kane rape investigation

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Here’s the latest in the Patrick Kane investigation: a woman who was with his alleged rape victim is scheduled to appear before a grand jury on Sept. 8, WGRZ’s Scott Levin reports.

Update: It turns out that multiple people have been subpoenaed. According to Levin, every person who was at Kane’s Hamburg home during the night of the alleged incident may appear before a grand jury.

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The 26-year-old has not been charged with a crime at this time.

There are still legal factors that are up in the air; former Erie County district attorney Frank Clark told WGRZ that the process involving this grand jury may develop over weeks or perhaps months. In other words, it’s plausible that the investigation will stretch out well into the 2015-16 season.

Even with some developments, this post regarding Kane’s future provides a good rundown of what may happen.

Also, Jonathan Toews discussed Kane’s situation earlier this week.

(H/T to CSNChicago.com)

Tyler Johnson should be ready for Lightning training camp

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The injury news isn’t all bad for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday.

While it’s disappointing to hear that rising goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy will be sidelined for two-to-three months, breakthrough star forward Tyler Johnson seems to be healing up quite well.

In fact, GM Steve Yzerman told the Tampa Bay Times’ Joe Smith that Johnson will be “ready to go” for training camp after suffering from a broken right wrist during the 2015 playoffs.

The 25-year-old topped all Lightning scorers with 72 points in 77 regular season games and maintained that momentum through the postseason.

It did seem like his game slowed a bit during the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, and many believe that wrist injury explains the drop-off. With Steven Stamkos’ contract situation in flux, the Lightning will lean on Johnson quite a bit in 2015-16, so this update is a nice boost for the Bolts.

Lightning training camp begins on Sept. 17, so we’ll see if there are any setbacks for Johnson or other players.

More on Tyler Johnson: He’s under pressure.

Zetterberg: Babcock leaving Detroit was best for both sides

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Henrik Zetterberg doesn’t exactly sound heartbroken about Mike Babcock’s departure from the Detroit Red Wings’ bench.

Perhaps that boils down to hearing the sound of Babcock’s voice for a decade.

“There’s a lot of guys in here who’ve been through the same stuff for many years,” Zetterberg told MLive.com on Thursday. “I think now with the additions of Green and Richards, and the new coach, it’s given us a little fresh start. Obviously, it’s going to be a different voice behind the bench and sometimes you need that.”

Jeff Blashill replacing Babcock as head coach isn’t the only thing that excites Detroit’s verstaile captain.

The 34-year-old also praised Mike Green as “the kind of defenseman we didn’t have” and seems happy about gaining another veteran voice in Brad Richards.

Considering the Red Wings’ recent – relative – struggles (especially two straight first-round exits and just one series win since 2011-12), one might also do the math about Zetterberg’s advancing age and what may appear to be diminishing returns.

Of course, with Pavel Datsyuk possibly out for a big chunk of the regular season and Babcock gone, many will shine the spotlight of blame on Zetterberg if the slightly-new-look Red Wings sputter early on.