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Chiarelli Glad to Keep Peverley in the Mix

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- On Tuesday morning, Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced that the club had signed forward Rich Peverley to a three year contract extension through the 2014-15 season.

"He's a player that we've always coveted and we were fortunate to get him last year," said Chiarelli from the media workroom at Ristuccia Memorial Arena.

"He's just one of the guys we thought could fit into our top seven, top six. And maybe we've waited a little bit longer in signing some guys that are potential UFAs but we just decided to move forward with Rich.

"He's got speed, good shot, he's still relatively young in the grander scheme and he's just a guy we wanted to have in our mix for really the next four years," he said.

Peverley, 29, was acquired by the Bruins with Boris Valabik from the Atlanta Thrashers on February 18, 2011 for Mark Stuart and Blake Wheeler.

In 23 games with the Bruins last season Peverley earned 4-3-7 totals in the regular season and went on to add four goals and 8 assists during the Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup championship run. His 2010-11 line with both Atlanta and Boston read 18-23-41 and Peverley has not missed a game over the last two-plus seasons.

Peverley set a career high in goals and assists during the 2009-10 season as a member of the Thrashers when he registered 22 goals and 33 assists for 55 points.

"I like his speed, I like his grit for his skill package," added Chiarelli. "He's got a terrific shot. I like the way his speed backs up the D and it made us a faster team."

Originally signed by the Nashville Predators in 2007, Peverley was a standout at St. Lawrence University and graduated with a degree in Economics. Peverley has played in 276 regular season NHL games with Boston, Atlanta and Nashville and has 151 points on 60 goals and 91 assists.

Asked about Peverley's snug fit into the B's locker room since being acquired from Atlanta, Chiarelli said, "That's important. That's important to have good character and I know he's a good guy. But you can be a real good guy and not play the way we want a player to play.

"But Rich is a good person and...he fits in. It's not about him, it's about the team, which is important for us."
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