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:
Rich Peverley is “still undecided about his future,” according to what his agent Allain Roy told the Boston Globe.
Back in mid-May, the word was that he could still play, although it sounded like the 33-year-old would need to jump through a few hoops to do so. He’s been sidelined since March 2014 after a frightening “cardiac incident.”
Peverley’s three-year, $9.75 million contract expired this summer, with his salary ending at $3.375 million in 2014-15.
One wonders if a team – whether it be the Dallas Stars or someone else – would want to take on the risk of Peverley suffering from another heart-related issue.
There may be some time until the versatile foward would get an answer, anyway, at least if he doesn’t want to make the retirement call himself. We’re at the point in free agency where many hopefuls are likely pondering the unpleasant thought of training camp tryouts and other late fixes.
The odds seem long, but there’s no shame in Peverley refusing to leave any rock un-turned, either.
(H/T to Puck Daddy.)
Some optimism today regarding the health of Dallas forward Rich Peverley — per TSN, Peverley could contemplate a possible comeback after missing all of last season due to a cardiac issue.
From Bob McKenzie:
The 32-year-old hasn’t played in 14 months after collapsing at the bench in a game against Columbus in March of 2014. Shortly after the incident, Peverley underwent a corrective procedure for an irregular heartbeat but was ruled out indefinitely and didn’t play at all in 2014-15, instead helping coach Dallas’ AHL affiliate while contemplating a move into management.