WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Rich Peverley
, who was acquired by the the Bruins on Friday from the Atlanta Thrashers, joined his new club at practice on Sunday in Ristuccia Memorial Arena.
"Well I was surprised," admitted Peverley when he met with the Boston hockey media, post-practice. "But they told me I was going to a team that had a chance to win.
"It was a big thrill to be part of a really historic organization and coming to a team that has a chance to go to the playoffs."
Peverley also admitted that his season in Atlanta wasn't exactly what he had hoped for.
"To be honest it was kind of an up and down year," he said. "I wasn’t too pleased with my overall production. I was kind of hoping for the team to do a little bit better.
"But I’ve moved on and I’m glad to be here now."
It was a big thrill to be part of a really historic organization and coming to a team that has a chance to go to the playoffs. - Rich Peverley
Peverley, who wore number 47 in Atlanta, will wear 49 in Boston. He said he had no plans to approach rookie defenseman Steven Kampfer about making a switch.
"I’m not going to try to steal any numbers from anybody," said Peverley. "I’m the new guy coming in, I just want to fit in."
And Peverley feels as if his experience with former Boston Bruins assistant coach Craig Ramsay, who was his head coach in Atlanta, will help him fit in quickly with the Black & Gold.
"What’s kind of nice is a lot of the same systems are probably used here that we used down in Atlanta," he said. "So I’m probably a little bit familiar with what I’m getting in to. There isn’t too much of a change now."
Peverley also thought that it was important for him to meet the club before the B's head out on a four-game Canadian road trip.
"I definitely wanted to get here and get to know some of the guys before we go on the road trip," said Peverley. "I think maybe being on the road trip will be good.
"It’s been a whirlwind, being out in Phoenix [with] Atlanta and now here, so it’s been a lot of travel."
However, coming to an "Original Six" franchise has Peverley excited.
"I want to be able to fit in wherever I can and play a role that’s going to help the team win," he said. "That’s ultimately the goal for everybody on the team.
"You want to go as far as you can in the playoffs and whatever I can do to help, I want to do that."