Peverley: 'I really loved my time in Boston'

Peverley: 'I really loved my time in Boston'
July 5, 2013, 9:15 am
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BOSTON – While clearly overshadowed by Tyler Seguin’s involvement in the trade to the Dallas Stars, the Boston Bruins also shipped a second member of the Stanley Cup-winning team in Rich Peverley to the Lone Star State.

The Bruins were looking for a team willing to take on the $3.25 million cap hit for the 30-year-old coming off a down season where he managed just six goals and 18 points along with a minus-9 in 47 games during a difficult 2013 season. Enter Dallas GM Jim Nill. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli pulled the trigger when the Stars agreed to take on Seguin, Peverley and defenseman prospect Ryan Button in exchange for Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser and Joe Morrow from the Stars.

The trade ends Peverley’s career with the Bruins after 2 ½ seasons that included the 2011 run to the Stanley Cup championship, and two ensuing seasons where the 6-foot, 195-pounder struggled to play the wing.

Despite all of that, he’ll be missed by a Bruins team that simply couldn’t hold onto him due to salary cap constraints. The Stars will be getting a speedy, versatile forward that can contribute on the power play, penalty kill and could bounce back to his 20-goal scoring form.

“When you’re judging these players, on both sides, this year was a tough year to judge. You really have to be careful, and Rich is no different. I know he was back and forth when he was playing overseas prior to the start of the season,” said Peter Chiarelli. “He was playing in Finland, and he never really go going for a number of reasons.

“But the year before, two years before, he was a terrific piece to our depth puzzle when we won. He could move up and down the lineup. He could move across the lineup, any position. [He was] terrific on face-offs. He moved up when Nathan [Horton] got hurt two years ago. He’s a really useful, really good player. I don't judge him; good hockey people don't judge him by maybe a down year this year. They know what they’re getting there.”

Peverley finished with 11 goals and 42 points in an injury-shortened season last year, but the bottom really dropped out this season as Boston’s third line struggled all season to create an identity. While Peverley knew a deal to Dallas might be in the works after having his exit meeting with the Bruins, he said that he’ll truly miss everything that goes along with being in Boston.

“I really loved my time in Boston. I feel very lucky to have played for a tremendous organization, in front of incredible fans and have played with an amazing group of players,” said Peverley to CSNNE.com. “I love this city and the dedication it has to its sports. I’m looking forward to my new opportunity with the Dallas Stars, and to enjoying the city of Dallas.”

Perhaps a move to a smaller hockey market like Dallas will also be exact what was needed for Peverley, who enjoyed his best years as an NHL player in relative anonymity in Atlanta with the Thrashers.