Familiar with Bruins' system, Peverley fits right in

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Familiar with Bruins' system, Peverley fits right in

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

WILMINGTON -- All Rich Peverley wants to do is fit in and fill a role.

The newly-acquired forward practiced with the Bruins Sunday for the first time since being traded from the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday.

Unlike Tomas Kaberle, he didn't play on Friday night in Ottawa. And unlike Kaberle, his role, entering Boston, isn't to be a force on the team's top power-play unit.

But after skating with his new club on Sunday, Peverley's role is at least penciled in, as coach Claude Julien said after practice that he'll play the left wing on the third line with Chris Kelly and Michael Ryder.

He'll be taking the spot of Blake Wheeler, who was traded to the Thrashers, along with defenseman Mark Stuart. Peverley has 14 goals and 20 assists in 59 games this season, as opposed to Wheeler's 11 goals and 16 assists in 58 games.

His goal, however, is to be solid on both ends of the ice, something the Bruins are looking for more of down the stretch.

"I've always tried to chip in, offensively, but at the same time, I thought I could be a pretty good defensive player," said Peverley. "I think this year, my plus-minus isn't the greatest, so it's been tough . . . That's the part of my game that I always try to work on and get better at.

"Offensively, I try to use my speed, and get as many shots as I can. At the same time, I want to create offense."

Peverley will be able to do that under a system that he knows pretty well, thanks to Atlanta coach Craig Ramsay, who took Julien's system with him to the Thrashers this season, after three season's as Boston's assistant coach.

"Their system, in Atlanta, is almost identical to ours," said Julien. "I just went through it with Peverley. Basically, Ramsay, obviously, didn't mind the way we were playing here, enough that he brought it with him. They're doing a lot of the same things, over there."

That will make it easier for Peverley to fit in, and help the Bruins reach their ultimate goal.

"The trade was a bit of a surprise, but Craig Ramsey told me I was going to a team that has a chance to win," said Peverley. "It's a great thrill to play with a really historic organization, and coming to a team that has a chance to go pretty far in the playoffs.

"Ramsey brought some things that were some adjustments for guys in Atlanta. There was a little bit of a period there where guys were having some time to adjust. But having that familiarity with a guy that was here last year, I think that definitely helps."

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Morning Skate: No surprise cheap-shot artists are running wild

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Morning Skate: No surprise cheap-shot artists are running wild

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while hoping everybody on this Memorial Day takes some time to appreciate all of those that made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom. We should also take a moment to say thanks to people like the three heroes in Oregon that stood up to a hateful bigot earlier this week, and in doing so reaffirmed what the majority of people living in the US believe we are all about while trying to live up to that ideal every day.
 
-- A number of NHL legends are shaking their heads at the dirty play that we’re seeing in these playoffs, particularly those plays targeting the superstars that people pay big money to see in the postseason. Why should anybody be shocked by this? The rooting out of enforcers, and fighting, has taken accountability out of the game for the cheap-shot artists and dirty players, and leaves little real deterrant for players looking to take out opponents with dangerous plays. I wrote about this a couple of years ago when the NHL threw the book at Shawn Thornton for going after Brooks Orpik, and in doing so chose to protect somebody trying to hurt opponents (Orpik) and punish somebody trying to protect his teammates (Thornton). It was a sea change for the league, and something players didn’t forget as more and more enforcers were quickly weeded out of the NHL. This is what the rule-makers and legislators wanted, and now it’s what they’re getting just a couple of years later with dangerous stick-work, cheap shots and a general lack of respect for fellow players.
 
-- Here's why the Tampa Bay Lightning would consider trading a player like Jonathan Drouin, and the major impact that could have on the offseason trade market.
 
-- Down Goes Brown has a Stanley Cup Final rooting guide for the other 28 other fan bases now that Nashville and Pittsburgh are in the final series.

-- So which goaltender has the edge in the Stanley Cup Final: Nashville's Pekka Rinne, or Pittsburgh's two-headed monster of Matt Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury?
 
-- Scotty Bowman says winning back-to-back Stanley Cup titles has become monumentally difficult since the advent of the salary cap.
 
-- Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are pushing each other to be betters, and showing exactly how a team should be led by its superstars in the salary-cap era for the league.
 
-- For something completely different: We can confirm through this report that a lot of hot dogs are eaten in the summertime. So glad we have people to research these kinds of things.
 

Morning Skate: Sidney Crosby has been a good ambassador as the face of his NHL generation

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Morning Skate: Sidney Crosby has been a good ambassador as the face of his NHL generation

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wishing everybody a safe and relaxing Memorial Day weekend. 

*Apparently Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette has yet to try Nashville’s hot chicken despite his time behind the Preds bench. It’s okay, I have yet to try it either in my handful of visits to Music City. 

*Good stuff from PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough. Apparently it wasn’t so easy to make Wayne Gretzky’s head bleed when it came time for director Doug Liman to cut Swingers together

*Sidney Crosby cares about the history and the issues of the game, and has been a good ambassador as the face of his NHL generation despite the hate that always comes with such responsibility. 

*Puck Daddy examines Crosby’s performance in the playoffs, and the odds of him winning another Conn Smythe Trophy. 

*The Penguins have made it to the Stanley Cup Final without Kris Letang for their playoff run, and that’s an amazing accomplishment. 

*Erik Karlsson said that he will be tending to his injured foot next week, and expects a full recovery for next season after a brilliant run with his Ottawa Senators

*Larry Brooks again rails against the Stanley Cup playoff structure and it’s relation to an “absurd regular season.” Say what you will, but the fact the Penguins are there for a second straight season shoots down some of the absurdity stuff in my mind. The best team from the East is where they should be and they did it without Kris Letang to boot. 

*Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex Debrincat is confident his abilities will translate to the NHL despite his size after taking home honors as the best player in junior hockey this season. 

*For something completely different: Apparently there’s a hard core comic book geek gripe that “The Flash” is burning through bad guys too quickly. This would make sense if they couldn’t revisit these bad guys at any point, but they absolutely can go back to a big bad like Grodd anytime they want.