BOSTON -- Rich Peverley is making progress coming back from his knee sprain, and he is the living embodiment of the returning cavalry to a banged up Black and Gold bunch.
The right wing took some face-offs and skated around with his Bruins teammates during Monday morning skate at TD Garden, and hes in his fifth week since suffering a sprained knee that was supposed to keep him out for 4-6 weeks. Claude Julien said if Peverley responded well to another day on the ice then he could be ready to practice with his Bruins teammates with full-contact as quickly as Tuesday.
Peverley is day-to-day. There is no exact time for when hes going to play again, but hes looking better every day. Theres the rehab part of it, so he started skating last Wednesday, said Julien. When youve been off for that long you dont come back overnight, so were giving him a chance.
Well wait for the medical experts to tell us when he can take contact, and how much he can take contact. Thats what they are called day-to-day.
Thats a welcomed piece of news to a Bruins team that needs the versatile Peverley once again contributing to the power play, penalty kill and 5-on-5 minutes that he gives Boston on the ice. Its also a welcomed piece of news to a forward that hadnt missed a single NHL game due to injury until this season with the Bruins while battling a series of lower-body injuries.
Peverley said hell be taking things slowly because hes never rehabbed a nee injury before, and doesnt instinctively know when its time for the next step in his recovery. Hes missed 22 games with assorted injuries this season, but Peverley is hoping he wont miss many more with the playoffs on the horizon. He could fit every nicely riding alongside Brian Rolston and Chris Kelly on Bostons third line, but hell have to regain full health in his knee first.
Im really anxious to come back. Its been difficult to sit and watchespecially when the team has been losing, said Peverley. Im feeling better every day, but there hasnt really been a timetable quite yet.
But it goes without saying I want to get a few games under my belt before the playoffs get started. The plan is to get into some games at the end of the regular season rather than just drop me into a playoff-type situation at the end of the season.
The Patriots acquired Kyle Van Noy, who was the Lions’ 2014 second-round pick and starting linebacker this season, on Tuesday.
Why former Pats executive Bob Quinn would send a starter East for what is reportedly just a conditional draft pick is something we’ll try to ferret out.
The Patriots were no doubt interested because they lost Jonathan Freeny to IR with an injury, rookie Elandon Roberts is an undersized thumper (Van Noy is 6-3, 252) and Shea McClellin is well, just… there so far.
Van Noy has two years remaining on his rookie deal so -- provided he shows something -- he could be around awhile. The move -- one week before the trade deadline -- is a familiar one from the Patriots who added players like Jonathan Casillas and Akeem Ayers in 2014 prior to their Super Bowl run.
This story from last season indicates that Van Noy’s lack of production in his first two seasons with the Lions was merely a matter of circumstance.
Perhaps. We’ll find out soon enough. Meanwhile, the name Van Noy made me perk up because I remembered him as having a central role in the excellent book The System by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian.
Read the excerpt on Van Noy here. It will give you a better understanding of the road he’s traveled.
The Patriots have added more depth at linebacker, and they've reached out to an old friend to do it.
According to ESPN, the team has agreed to a deal with the Lions in order to acquire linebacker Kyle Van Noy. The compensation has not yet been disclosed.
Van Noy, who was a second-round pick out of BYU, is listed at 6-foot-3, 243 pounds. He played 36 snaps in Detroit's win over Washington on Sunday, recording two tackles.
The Patriots lost depth at linebacker when veteran Jonathan Freeny landed on injured reserve with a shoulder issue before New England's Week 6 game in Cleveland. Van Noy will fill in behind Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins, providing insurance alongside rookie Elandon Roberts, Barkevious Mingo and Shea McClellin. Defensive end Rob Ninkovich has also seen time at linebacker this season.
Collins and Hightower have both dealt with health issues over the last two seasons, often pressing reserves into action. Collins returned to the field over the weekend after missing Week 6 with a hip issue. Hightower missed Weeks 2 and 3 due to a knee injury he suffered in Week 1 against the Cardinals.
Van Noy has played in 30 games since entering the league. His seven career starts have all come this season. He has 32 career tackles and one sack. Going into the draft in 2014, the All-Independent Defensive Player of the Year was viewed as a stand-out athlete with good quickness, a high football IQ and an ability to run with backs and tight ends in coverage.
That the Patriots and Lions were able to work out a deal comes as little surprise. Detriot general manager Bob Quinn has a close relationship with Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio as he worked in New England from 2000-2015. Quinn began with the team as a personnel assistant, worked his way up the ladder, and from 2012 through 2015 he served as the director of pro scouting.