DALLAS After missing twogames wrapped around the holiday break, Rich Peverley will be back in the Bs lineup Saturday night against the Dallas Stars after making it through morning skate at American Airlines Center.
Peverley said afterward hes come to grips with the fact hell be managing the nagging undisclosed situation for the entirety of the season, but is looking forward to jumping back with Chris Kelly and Benoit Pouliot. Zach Hamill has played well since coming up to Boston and filling in for Peverley in the lineup, but Hamill will hit the bench as a healthy scratch to make room on the third line.
Claude Julien hinted that Hamills fate in Boston or Providence will be one of the first topics of conversation when the Bs get back to Boston, but the versatile rookie forward has certainly proved he can step in and contribute when needed.
Peverley is ready to go and felt good this morning and yesterday. Hes been going as scheduled and hes as good as hes going to be, said Julien. When we get back from the trip Hamill is something that were going to look at. He had earned the right to play and stay in the lineup, but now we have Peverley back. So Hamill will be out tonight, but hes continued to play well.
Whether we choose to let him play and continue to develop down below in Providence or whether we decide he stays here, a lot will depend on a discussion between the coaches and upper management. Im sure that discussion will be coming soon.
Tim Thomas was the first goaltender off the ice during morning skate as well, and will get his first start since backstopping the Bruins to a win over the Montreal Canadiens 11 days ago in Boston. Here are the projected lineups:
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while thoroughly enjoying Nick Offerman co-hosting on the Today Show this morning.
*Gabriel Landeskog knows his name has been mentioned in trade rumors with teams like the Bruins, but he wants to stay with the Colorado Avalanche.
*The New York Rangers are facing a goalie crisis for the first time in 11 years as Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to show signs of hockey mortality.
*PHT writer James O’Brien has the New York Islanders seeking to speak with fired Florida coach Gerard Gallant about their new opening after firing Jack Capuano.
*Ondrej Pavelec has been brought back from the AHL to Winnipeg to rescue the Jets from their goaltending situation, and he wants to stay for as long as he can.
*Rene Bourque has reached the 700 game mark in his NHL career with the Colorado Avalanche, and he hopes to keep it going.
*Young star Jack Eichel’s hunger for greatness could certainly lend itself to a leadership role with the Buffalo Sabres
*For something completely different: Hollywood is thinking of rebooting “White Men Can’t Jump” and this is simply the worst idea ever. I’d rather watch a movie with Woody and Snipes 25 years later than a lame reboot.
The New York Knicks arrive in Boston tonight with the accompanying "Melo-drama" of Carmelo Anthony's disintegrating relationship with team president Phil Jackson.
Anthony would have to waive his no-trade clause to leave New York and Boston has been an oft-rumored destination.
On "The Toucher and Rich Show", the longtime voice of the Celtics, Mike Gorman, said he hopes it doesn't happen.
"I don't get it. I don't see it," Gorman said. "He's a ball stopper. One of the things that always intrigued me about Carmelo is when he's played with Team USA or an Olympic team, often he's the best player. Then you go and see him in a regular-season game and you say, 'Oh no, no."'