A growing number of Bruins players that have returned to North American soil will add at least one more this weekend when forward Rich Peverley returns from Finland.
The 30-year-old Peverley had been skating with JYP Jyvskyl of the SM-liiga over the last three months and finished with 21 points along with a plus-1 in 27 games. Interestingly enough the JYP club is the European team that the Boston Bruins had a player-trade agreement with should the organization have a need to send a player to Europe for hockey development purposes.
Peverley joins Tuukka Rask, Patrice Bergeron, Chris Kelly, Andrew Ference and Tyler Seguin as players that were formerly skating with European clubs and have since returned to North America. David Krejci has also finished up his stint in the Czech League, but will remain in his native country until a final decision is made on the 2013 regular season.
Several other notable Bruins players like Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will continue to play for their respective European League until a new CBA is finalized between the NHL and NHLPA.
Peverley is slated to start earning on a three-year, 9.75 million contract he signed with the Bruins last season when GM Peter Chiarelli was locking up the clubs nucleus to multi-year deals. The durable Bs forward was limited to 57 games played last season by a knee injury suffered in the middle of the season, but appears to be fully healthy, ready and waiting for a potential NHL campaign to get going.
NESN was the first to report that Peverley would be returning from the Finnish League this weekend.