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Peverley Signing Quote Sheet

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD RICH PEVERLEY

On his thoughts on signing and knowing that he's remaining in Boston...
Yeah, it's nice to be done. This is a place that I want to be and there's a lot of good people in this organization and obviously, winning last year, you want to be part of a winning organization. 

On what the organization told him they saw in his game that made them want to sign him...
Well I think the main part of my game is my speed and using my speed in different facets of the game. It's going to be no different going forward. It's something I try to work on every year and even get faster so it's something I'll continue to work on.

On reflecting on how his life has changed in the last few months...
Yeah, you know, you look back, but I don't really like looking back too much. I was given an opportunity in Atlanta that gave me a great opportunity to get my foot in the door and I came here and was lucky to fit in on a team and found a role with a team, and with a great team.

On what it feels like come as far as he has...
Yeah it's a good feel, it's a good feeling to be a part of a great organization. Obviously, I really kind of enjoy the fact of committing to an Original Six team, coming to a place where hockey is a big deal and you know, I've really enjoyed my time here so far.

On how it feels to get the contract out of the way...
Yeah it feels nice, it feels good to not have to worry about having a contract on your mind the whole year but some guys play better in different situations. I've done this actually before, signed a year earlier so it does help but it doesn't change the goals in mind that you have.

On if he thinks he can score more and how he plans on doing that...
Well I think when I came here there was an adjustment period and there's- I feel like I can put up numbers close to what I've done before. You always try to improve so, in whatever area of the game I think I can improve on I always want to be an all around player but you always want to be able to contribute.

On if the team as a whole is focusing on being all around players rather than just priding themselves on their defense...
Yeah, I think so, yeah I think all- the two other guys I play on a line with you know, those are offensive players too. So we want to be good and be out there in critical situations defensively but at the same time we want to help the team win and that's what our goals do, so it comes both ways. 

On if twenty goals from each player is realistic...
Well they [his linemates Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron] had twenty- both of them had twenty last year so, yeah I guess so.

On how the Bruins locker room has made him better...
I think the competition level in the dressing room is pretty high. We have so many guys competing for minutes, competing for spots. It pushes you as an individual but at the same time collectively pushes everybody to become a better team. You can see it today, I don't think we were very happy with our game yesterday and it was pretty competitive out there this morning so we really want to do- get better.

On approaching the game with a professional attitude....
Yeah, absolutely. It's something we've been doing all our lives but when you get to be a professional you have to really take it seriously and you have to have fun. You pick your spots but for myself, I really pride myself on being professional and trying to get better. 

On if he's buying dinner for the team...
I don't know, that doesn't start till next year, the contract so we'll see. 

BOSTON BRUINS GENERAL MANAGER PETER CHIARELLI
On his thoughts on signing Rich Peverley and what it means for the organization...
Well he's a player that we've always coveted and we were fortunate to get him last year and 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.  

On if he always thought Peverley could be a guy on the first or second lines...
Yeah, I mean, there's- sometimes there's a fine line between the top six and the top seven or eight. We always felt that he was in that mix before we got him and we like the way that he fit into our group and you know, it doesn't necessarily mean he'll be in our top six, so to speak, for the rest of the year but I like to think of our three lines as three equal lines. But I like his speed, I like his grit for his skill package. He's got a terrific shot. I like the way his speed backs up the D and it made us a faster team.  

On how well Peverley has fit into the team off the ice...
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's- he fits in- it's not about him, it's about the team which is important for us. He sacrifices his body. When I said earlier, I like his grit for his skill package...I mean, he's got high marks for both.  

On if Peverley was a bargain player when the team first picked him up based on his current salary...
Again, he's- he's one of those guys that really blossomed later in his career so that helped when we got him but he's a player that, I think he's got- I think he considers- he continues to have offensive upside to his game and some players mature a little bit later. I think we got another one in that in Dennis Seidenberg. I think he matured a little bit later in his career so you just have to recognize that and then make decisions based on that.

On how Peverley's own experience throughout his hockey career and other things affected his decision to stay with the Bruins...
It helps when you win a Cup with a team so I'm sure that  played into his decision making. Sure, he's been around. He's got- he doesn't quite have the Tim Thomas story, but he's been- he's worked his way up and signed as an unrestricted free agent like you were never drafted and worked his way through the Coast (East Coast Hockey League) and I admire that, I admire that in him. I think I said that when we acquired him. I know he likes the town, he likes the organization. He mentioned that his wife likes it also so that played a part in it.

On if there's something within Peverley's skill set that Chiarelli thinks remains untapped...
Well, I really think he can score- I found last year that he didn't score as much as I would have thought. He contributed in a lot of ways and he actually scored some very timely goals... I feel he can score more and create a frequency and he just has to- he recognizes that also. He thinks he can too. So I think he just- he knows- I think he's comfortable now, he knows his role and I think he'll be able to finish more.

On when Peverley first came on his radar...
Well, actually I- he was at St Lawrence so it was close by Ottawa and I remember seeing him play quite a bit and he was skilled. He was  a light player though, back then. I think he just gained that- acquired that part to his game. Not necessarily being a heavier player, but just competing and getting in the right spots and winning  his share of puck battles. I really started to notice that his first year in Atlanta. We had seen him a little bit in Nashville but I really started to see that coming out. Like when he was on the ice, I considered him to be a dangerous player so that's kind of when I started noticing that.

On what he thinks of Peverley's line and how he's filling in for Mark Recchi...
Yeah, I mean, he's a versatile player. He can play any three forward positions. He brings them speed. Not taking anything away from Rex, but he's a little faster than Rex and he shoots the puck and he digs out pucks and he'll go- when he needs to, he'll go to those dirty areas and that's what I really noticed about him last year in the drive to the Cup. He would sacrifice his body. He would go to those areas- not always win the puck- but he was willing to go there.

On if he would characterize Peverley's whole line as a line that is willing to go to those 'dirty areas'...
Yeah, they're aggressive and- with and without the puck so he [Peverley]'s a good fit on that line.

On if this signing is early or late compared to past signings of similar situations...
I just said generally, we've got a lot of UFAs so we- and it's just a guy that we thought we wanted to take care of sooner rather than later. Last year we signed them- a couple of guys- before the start of the year, before that we've signed guys into the year so I guess, to correct myself- we've kind of been- I think generally we try to sign some of the guys before the season starts. We started on this contract negotiation a few week s ago so I guess we were trying to get it before the season starts.

On why he chose to be proactive with Peverley over the other UFAs on the team...
You know, it's tough when you have a lot of unrestricted free agents and you don't want to slight the other guys by choosing one over the others but this is- that's the business and you have to act on some and wait on others.  

On if the organization is now working on signing other guys as well...
I'm not going to comment on that.  

On if after signing a UFA, the agents of other UFAs are asking if their player is next...
Again, that's something that we will keep in house but what I can tell you is that, I don't want to- I want to try and keep- I don't want to impact on the chemistry by trying- by slighting a player over another but, again, that's the business and I'm sure the guys will understand.

On Peverley's serious, business-like attitude towards the game...
Well again, I think you have to look to his past and the track that he came through to get to this position. In my time in hockey, I've seen a lot of guys that packed it in- that have been through the East Coast that weren't signed and packed it in at some point in the American league when they're 26, 27. So he committed to it. Who knows, he could have done something else when he was 25 and when he was in the East Coast or in the American League  but he's committed to it and that's probably why he uses a business-like approach.  

On what he thinks of the first three games and the team's performance so far...
Well, it's been up and down. I liked our second game obviously. I thought we were aggressive, we were pushing the puck, we were creating chances. I didn't like our battle level in the third game and the first game- you know, I really don't know how to digest the first game so I'm not going to- I'm not going to try. I mean, it was- that was a tough one with the ceremony and all the stuff going on and just the emotions but the last game I didn't like the battle level so we're seeing more battle drills out there today and the guys have to step that up.

On if the guys have to be more aware of the fact that there is a target on their backs and better deal with that fact....
Yeah, I mean, that's going to be here. That's the main challenge for them all year for them like ' every team's going to be up for us, every team. And that's a hard working team (Colorado), they're a young team but- they didn't stop skating and every- whenever in the past we've played Stanley Cup champions it's been like that, you want to knock them out. 
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