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.
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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
After running into a fan wearing his jersey at the mall and snapping a picture on an escalator, Islanders’ forward Matt Martin met the fan and signed his jersey following New York’s 3-2 win Thursday. (Yahoo)
Rich Peverley returned to the ice for the first time in 11 months this week in a coaching role with the AHL’s Texas Stars. The Dallas Stars forward has been unable to play since collapsing during a game in March 2014. (Sports Illustrated)
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Thirteen months after playing in his last NHL game, former Canucks’ defenseman Andrew Alberts is still recovering from a concussion. (Sportsnet)
Here’s a look at the Top 10 plays of the week from the KHL:
The Vancouver Canucks are being sued by a fan over an alleged confetti incident. (TSN)
Dallas Stars’ forwards Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn prank their mothers for Valentine’s Day:
In the NHL these days players are being warned, fined and publicly shamed for diving/embellishment. Former Anaheim Ducks’ forward Dan Sexton, who now plays in the KHL, put on a good display of embellishment during a recent game. (Puck Daddy)
PHT already made note of somesignificant (and smaller) IR moves on Tuesday, but in a quest to graciously save you some clicks, here’s a collection of some of the other injured reserve placements of note. Some could be a pretty big deal, too.
(Note: this is a good spot to mention other IR assignments in the comments section if there are any important omissions.)
Cody Franson is on Toronto’s IR and ruled himself out of the Maple Leafs’ season-opener, TSN’s Jonas Siegel reports. It looks like Franson is dealing with knee issues.
The Nashville Predators placed Viktor Stalberg and Matt Cullen on IR while Mike Fisher remains on the non-roster IR. This marks another tough beginning to the season for Stalberg, who was banged-up heading into his Nashville debut in 2013-14.
The New York Islanders placed Lubomir Visnovsky (back) and Matt Carkner (upper body) on injured reserve. The hope for an up-and-coming Isles team is that “Lubo” will indeed be day-to-day, as he could be a key blueliner if healthy. Sadly, that’s been a big “if” during much of his career.
Now, after the Rich Peverley incident last season, the NHL has strengthened its standards further. Each team needs three doctors near the benches at each home game – an orthopedist, a primary care physician and an ER physician – and at least one, if not all, must have current training in ATLS and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
If and when there is another life-threatening emergency – a cardiac incident, a severe laceration, an obstructed airway – there will be an extra layer of expertise and experience to aid in the response.