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Stars' Peverley out following heart procedure

Friday, 09.13.2013 / 12:33 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / Training Camp 2013 blog

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Stars' Peverley out following heart procedure

The Dallas Stars announced Friday that center Rich Peverley will miss three weeks after having a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat.

"It turns out he had an 'a-fib' [atrial fibrillation] condition," Stars general manager Jim Nill said. "He'll be out three weeks and should be available close to the start of the season. He might miss one or two games."

Nill said the issue was caught by the team's training staff, which noticed an irregularity in Peverley's EKG during his physical.

"The medical staff did a great job, they recognized this," Nill said. "They picked it up on the EKG, and he's going to be fine."

Nill said the procedure Peverley needed saw doctors shock his heart to have force it back into rhythm, and that while Peverley can skate during his recovery, he is barred from contact.

Peverley was acquired from the Boston Bruins as part of the Tyler Seguin trade and is expected to play a major role as the team rebuilt its center depth during the offseason.

"I think he's a big part of our team," Nill said. "He's very versatile. You can play him up with good players, you can play him in a second-, third-line role. He's very good on faceoffs, you can play him on the wing. He's won Stanley Cups, been in playoffs, he's been to Finals, and that's the kind of experience you can’t have enough of.

"For three weeks he can skate, no contact at all. After that, he’s good to go for the rest of the season."

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