Tag: Rich Peverley


With playing career in limbo, Peverley ponders management or coaching roles


Retiring is rarely easy for professional hockey players, especially when they’re just 32 like Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley.

It’s unclear what lies ahead as far as Peverley’s on-ice options go a year removed from a scary “cardiac emergency,” but as this Puck Daddy story illustrates, he’s getting a taste of the management and coaching sides of the sport.

He already seems to be making a difference as a mentor with his team’s AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars.

“It’s great to have him out on the ice,” Texas Stars center Taylor Peters said. “He has such a wealth of knowledge from playing in the league. He knows what the guys are going through and I think he really has an eye for coaching.”

Like most people involved in the situation, Stars GM Jim Nill doesn’t seem to know what is in store for Peverley. Even so, Nill mentions that he’s conversed with the forward about staying involved with the sport whenever it’s time for him to hang up the skates.

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Chiarelli: Bruins ‘cap crunch’ made it ‘tough’ to get trades done

Peter Chiarelli

When the dust settled on Monday’s trade deadline, Boston failed to land the impact forward or defenseman some envisioned, opting instead for Tampa Bay youngster Brett Connolly and Colorado veteran Max Talbot.

To hear GM Peter Chiarelli explain it, the lack of moves wasn’t for a lack of trying.

“It’s been tough as far as getting a trade done, getting any sort of transaction done,” he explained in his post-deadline media availability. “For us, we’re obviously under a cap crunch, but it’s just hard to get a deal done and you see the prices are so high.”

At forward, the B’s were linked to the likes of Chris Stewart (who went to Minnesota) and Cam Atkinson (who re-signed in Columbus on a three-year, $10.5 million deal). On defense, where the club has struggled this year and is shorthanded, the B’s were tied to a number of rentals — none of which panned out — and that was partly due to Chiarelli balancing the club’s immediate needs against it’s long-term health.

“We’re looking to the future and also to the present,” he said. “Our moves were necessitated by the prices and if we’re going to spend the picks that we spent, let’s look at all options, not just rental options.

“If I could fill every need, I would. It’s not a surprise or a revelation that our D, by losing [Johnny] Boychuk and [Kevan] Miller, our D is not what it was.”

When questioned about this approach given all the heat around his job security, Chiarelli was blunt.

“We’re all under pressure,” he said. “You’re a professional, you do what’s best for the organization.”

It was pretty clear, though, that finances dictated the day. It’s a financial situation that Chiarelli himself created; the bonus overages from Jarome Iginla’s contract put the B’s in a bind and led to jettisoning Boychuk prior to the start of the season, and also led to an inability to land rentals, like the club did prior to previous playoff runs (think Jaromir Jagr, Rich Peverley, Chris Kelly, Tomas Kaberle).

This year, different story. The Talbot acquisition relied on Colorado retaining 50 percent of the veteran’s salary, and Connolly — the sixth overall pick at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft — was viewed as someone that could help some now, but probably pay more dividends down the road (as a RFA making just $850,500, the B’s can control his cost to a certain degree.)

“He’s going to be a top-six player,” he said of Connolly. “There’s a future for him here.”

As for the playoffs, Chiarelli said the focus hasn’t changed. He thinks the B’s are still good enough to get in, and the fight to qualify should serve the team well in the future.

“I feel we have a team that can make the playoffs,” he said. “They’ve been through a lot of adversity. The young players have grown and will continue to grow.”

Peverley coaching with Dallas’ AHL affiliate

Rich Peverley

Though he hasn’t played since a scary medical incident 11 months ago, Rich Peverley is still contributing for the Dallas Stars.

Peverley, sidelined since collapsing on the bench during a game last March, has taken on an informal, volunteer coaching with Dallas’ AHL affiliate in Texas.

“It’s an asset that we have within the organization right now with his (medical) issue. So we get to use his skills a bit,” Texas Stars coach Derek Laxdal said, per beat writer Sean Shapiro. “He’s a centerman by trade and he’s worked with a couple of the young centerman. It’s good to see an NHL guy working with a couple of the young kids, because they have aspirations of playing at the level.

“So it’s great to see him willing to come down here and work with them.”

Peverley, in the final year of his contract, has been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and while he was cleared to work out at the beginning of this season, he’s still waiting on clearance to resume skating (and, subsequently, his playing career.)

“It’s a process, and there are a lot of steps,” Peverley told the Dallas Morning-News back in June. “I’m trying to take the steps one at a time and just see what happens. If I can play, that will be great.

“If I can’t, then I’ll deal with that at that time.”

Should the 32-year-old be unable to return, it’s possible he could transition into coaching full-time. A heady player with a truckload of experience — he won a Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011 — Peverley was an undrafted free agent that worked his way to the NHL, developing a reputation as a sound two-way center that excelled in the faceoff circle.