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.
BUFFALO – The Bruins went back for another young defenseman with the 49th overall pick in the second round and drafted Minnesota-born Ryan Lindgren, who will be playing for the Gophers this season as another college hockey product in the B’s system.
The 6-foot, 198-pound Lindgren is a hard-nosed, high-character defenseman that didn’t blow away scouts with any one tool, but was solid with six goals and 25 points in 61 games for the US National Development Team Program Under-18 team last season.
Lindgren has good hockey bloodlines as the younger brother of Montreal Canadiens goalie Charlie Lindgren and would be more of a solid all-around defenseman rather than an offensive D-man like first-round pick Charlie McAvoy.
“I honestly could not be more excited,” said Lindgren. “They are one of the teams that seemed like they had a lot of interest in me. When you get selected by a team like the Boston Bruins, everyone knows what a great organization they are. I really could not be more excited.
“I think I’m a leader on and off the ice, and bring a good compete level. I bring it every day. I think more of a defensive defenseman, but I think I’ve got some offensive ability in my game as well. I’m a guy who’s going to be physical, going to bring it every game, block shots. [I am] going to do what he has to do to help the team.”
The choice of Lindgren is a nice bounce-back pick for the Bruins on Day 2 after reaching a bit for Trent Frederic at the end of the first round on Friday night. The Bruins could end up regretting that choice if second-round picks such as Alex DeBrincat or Pascal Laberge end up developing into high-end forwards in the NHL.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while there’s a beautiful day going on outside in Buffalo.
*D-man Jakob Chychrun says that he wasn’t stressing dropping into the middle of the first round before the Arizona Coyotes picked him.
*It’s a great piece of video from Friday night’s first round as Tyson Jost’s grandpa became a sobbing, proud man when his grandson was taken early in the first round of the NHL Draft.
*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin believing that Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning crossed the line by publicly expressing interest in P.K. Subban.
*Evander Kane is being investigated on a couple of harassment claims in the Buffalo area, a tough development during NHL Draft weekend there.
*The Blue Jackets had the biggest surprise of the first round by drafting Pierre-Luc Dubois with the third overall pick in the first round. They must think he’s going to be a center long term.
*The Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild are talking trade for a D-man, but none of the defensemen names moved on Friday night.
*For something completely different: Adam Kaufman gives his take on the draft night for the Celtics.
One of the Bruins' defenseman trade targets is off the market.
Dmitry Kulikov was traded from Florida Panthers to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. He was on Boston's list of usual suspects for D-men.
Buffalo traded defenseman Mark Pysyk and the 38th and 89th pick to Florida for the 25-year old Kulikov and pick No. 33.
The Bruins had discussed a Kulikov deal with the Panthers last week.