Peverley looking at full practice soon

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Peverley looking at full practice soon

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.

Tom Brady comes up if you Google 'Owner of the Jets'

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Tom Brady comes up if you Google 'Owner of the Jets'

No clue why this happens, but if you google “owner of the Jets” or “owner of the New York Jets,” Tom Brady comes up. It was posted on reddit Thursday and then a follow-up google confirmed it. 

Tom Brady does not own the New York Jets. Woody Johnson does. Brady is 23-7-0 lifetime against the Jets in the regular season and 1-1 in the playoffs, though. 
 

Morning Skate: Star players must get more involved in CBA negotiations to make Olympics a reality

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Morning Skate: Star players must get more involved in CBA negotiations to make Olympics a reality

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling that we’re just now learning about the massive rap skills of the brotherly duo of Andrew and Pete Frates. 

 

*Ken Campbell from the Hockey News says that if influential players, like Connor McDavid, want to go to the Olympics then they need to get more involved in the CBA negotiations

 

*Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang shows what a class act he is by taking the Stanley Cup to a children’s hospital in Montreal.

 

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Minnesota Wild looking to find long term deals for both restricted free agents Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter. That was pretty clear when they chose to deal off Marco Scandella in order to clear up some cap space to afford both of them. 

 

*The Edmonton Oilers are going to face higher expectations for next season, and are willing to embrace that kind of pressure.

 

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Craig Custance wonders aloud whether there will be any offer sheets coming for restricted free agents. I appreciate Craig wanting to add a little more intrigue to the NHL’s offseason, but it isn’t going to happen as long as GMs are treated like they have small pox once they go that route with an offer sheet. Take a look at the future job prospects for general managers that went with offer sheets in the past, and you’ll see why GMs simply don’t do them. This is why the Bruins are uncomfortable with David Pastrnak sitting unsigned as a restricted free agent, but not overly concerned that he’s going to sign a mega-offer sheet elsewhere.  

 

*The CCM hockey brand is apparently changing hands from its former home at Adidas

 

*For something completely different: Speaking of Pete Frates, MLB has announced a fundraising drive for ALS research in his name.