Just hours before the Boston Bruins were set to take on the Ottawa Senators, General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced that the club had acquired forward Rich Peverley
and defenseman Boris Valabik in a trade with the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for Bruins forward Blake Wheeler and defenseman Mark Stuart.
|Atlanta Thrashers' Rich Peverley (47) scores a goal as Florida Panthers' Tomas Vokoun, left, can't stop the puck in the first period during an NHL hockey game in Sunrise, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. At right is Florida Panthers' Mike Weaver. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) |
Valabik will be assigned to Providence, while Peverley will look to make his debut in a spoked-B sweater when the team travels to Calgary for a Tuesday tilt with the Flames. He will join the current Bruins roster for practice in Boston this weekend.
“On that deal we get back a player, Rich Peverley
, who is a terrific offensive player,” Chiarelli said today. “He’s a shooter, he plays center and wing. Ironically most of the times of our viewing he’s been on the wing, he plays both.”
Peverley is looking forward to joining an already talented Bruins squad.
“They obviously have some pretty talented players, some of the best players in the league, maybe the best goalie in the league,” Peverley said in a phone interview today. “You know, I’m really excited to play a good team game and very good at all facets of the game and I think just try to find my role on that team, whatever it may be. I am very excited.”
Peverley, a native of Kingston, Ontario, has 14-20-34 totals in 59 games with the Thrashers this season.
The 28-year-old center has a career line of 56-88-144 in 253 games with 112 penalty minutes.
“I like to use my speed. That’s probably my number one asset, my speed and my quickness. I do like to shoot the puck a lot and make plays offensively,” he said.
In six career playoff games, Peverley has recorded two assists for two total points.
“I played in the playoffs one year in Nashville against Detroit and obviously Detroit had a great team and that was it for my experience, but it was something that broke the ice,” he said.
“I have played in the playoffs before, so it’s something I am familiar with.
“It’s not a tremendous amount of playing time in the playoffs, but I am excited to get back in there.
“Obviously they’re a contender and I’m very excited,” said Peverley.
And, of course, there is always the allure of an "Original Six" city.
“Anytime you get to play against or for an Original Six team, it’s exciting," said Peverley. "There is the tradition, the history, and to be able to put on the jersey, it’s going to be something that will be a thrill.
"I am excited and it will be great to meet everybody in the organization.”
Peverley, who stands 6-foot-0 and 200-pounds, was originally signed by the Nashville Predators on Jan. 17, 2007 as a free agent after going undrafted.
He joined the Atlanta Thrashers when they claimed him off wavers on Jan. 10, 2008.
Peverley won’t play in front of a TD Garden crowd until the team returns from their current six-game road-swing, but he’s certainly looking forward to it.
“It’s a great city that has a lot of history, hockey history too and that’s going to be something that’s going to be really fun to play in front of,” said Peverley. “The crowd is one of the best in the league, they’re rowdy and they’re loud and it’s always fun to play in that building.”---Hannah Becker