Peverley working through the pain


Peverley working through the pain

WILMINGTON, Mass. Rich Peverley played a fairly nondescript 16:55 of ice time in the loss to the Dallas Stars on Saturday. He landed only a couple of shots on net and looked a little rusty in the timing department, but thats to be expected.

Through the injuries, Peverley still has seven points in his last five games, and perhaps will get a little of the offensive feel back after getting his feet wet against the Stars.

The shifty winger missed a pair of games around the holiday season with a nagging injury hes attempting not to maintain through the season, and had never missed a game of his NHL career due to injury before this year with Boston. Peverley doesnt want to talk much about it and gets pretty short with his answers when the topic comes up, but its pretty clear he takes prize in his durability.

Having been waived by the Nashville Predators earlier in his career after working his way up from the East Coast Hockey League, Peverley has missed enough games being a healthy scratch that he wants to be in the lineup whenever possible.

Hopefully it doesnt nag me, but weve got to stay on it and theres a possibility it could be with me all year. Im able to play through it and Ill be okay, said Peverley. I had never had an injury where Id missed NHL games before this year, so its always tough to miss games . . . especially when you know that you could play. But it was the best thing in the long run.

I was a healthy scratch a few times. I think a lot of guys feel that way about playing through injuries. How many straight games did Marty St. Louis play in before he missed time this year? I think a lot of guys take pride in staying healthy.

Peverley skated with his third line teammates Benoit Pouliot, Chris Kelly and extra forward Zach Hamill at Monday morning practice at Ristuccia Arena, and looks like hell be fine for Wednesday nights game against the New Jersey Devils.

The trainers will keep me on top of that as we move forward," said head coach Claude Julien. "When the schedule gets heavier well have to keep an eye on that. As everybody can see you dont see a difference in his game. Hes playing through it and about managing that situation. Thats what were doing right now.

The rubber will truly meet the road for Peverley and the Bruins once they hit Wednesday nights game against the Devils, and the off days come few and far between for the rest of the regular season.

Friday, Aug. 26: Coyotes keep taking on dead money in latest deal


Friday, Aug. 26: Coyotes keep taking on dead money in latest deal

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while finally catching up on “The Man in the High Tower” on Amazon.

*The Coyotes and Panthers executed a trade sending Dave Bolland to Arizona, and it’s not exactly great news for Gary Bettman with Arizona continuing to take on a lot of dead money.

*Alex Pietrangelo was appropriately humbled to be named the 21st captain in the history of the St. Louis Blues.

*The Colorado Avalanche have a new head coach, and his name is Jared Bednar, who it is said will get the players to play hard for him.

*The footage of somebody in full goalie equipment running away from a burglary scene is something out of a movie.

*The New York Rangers can never have enough depth, and that’s why they added Brandon Pirri to the mix on Thursday.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker says Lawson Crouse brings the total package in the trade from Florida to Arizona, and he also brings a player that can take a hell of a hit as he was the guy that got rocked by Charlie McAvoy at the World Junior Showcase earlier this month.  

*It’s only 15 days until the US National Team Development Program gets going with their 2016-17 schedule: here it is in full.

*For something completely different: can you see David Ortiz’s face in this corn maze? This could be like an ink blot test.


Thursday, Aug. 25: Nearly two decades later, the Whalers live on


Thursday, Aug. 25: Nearly two decades later, the Whalers live on

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while in disbelief mode that the summer is almost over.

*Good piece on the remainders of the Hartford Whalers organization in Connecticut trying to keep the dream alive for the Whale.

*Tyler Seguin sits down for a podcast this week that I freely admit I did not have the time to listen to. I wonder if Boston even rated a mention in the conversation?

*Rating the top NHL contracts, according to the fancy stats hockey analysts, sounds like an interesting exercise.

*Tracey Myers has Duncan Keith bowing out of the World Cup of Hockey while recovering from an injury, and getting replaced by Jay Boumeester.

*The “Da Beauty” Hockey League has kept players like Dustin Byfuglien, Ryan McDonagh and David Backes in hockey shape this summer while slowly getting ready for the season.

*The Arizona Coyotes make a historic hire by naming Dawn Braid as skating coach, making her the first female coach in the NHL.

*For something completely different: FOH (Friend of Haggs) Rich Shirtenlieb guested on the #DORK podcast this week, and it sounds like he didn’t love “Stranger Things.” At the very least he liked “Preacher” better. I thought Preacher was entertaining, but I didn’t even think it was in the same stratosphere as Stranger Things. Rich also has me wanting to watch “It Follows” now, however, after his endorsement.