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Bruins ink speedster Rich Peverley to 3-year deal

Posted on: October 11, 2011 12:43 pm

By Brian Stubits

The Bruins have a lot of players to try and re-sign before next season, so GM Peter Chiarelli got started early with Rich Peverley. The B's inked the 29-year-old forward to a three-year contract on Tuesday, giving him a healthy raise to #3.25 million annually.

Peverley, set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season, will make $1.325 million this season before the new deal kicks in.

Peverley was acquired by the Bruins before the trade deadline last season in a deal with Atlanta/Winnipeg. along with Boris Valabik for Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart. In 23 games with Boston, he had four goals and three assists. He picks up the numbers a little in the postseason when he had four goals and eight assists in 25 games. This season he is off to a nice start, scoring two goals in the first three games for Boston.

Chiarelli had a nice luxury last offseason, being able to largely sit back and enjoy his team's championship. There was little to do with almost every under contract except re-sign Brad Marchand. Next summer will be a different story though as David Krejci, Chris Kelly, Gregory Campbell, Benoit Pouliot, Daniel Paille, Shawn Thornton, Joe Corvo, Johnny Boychuk and Tuukka Rask all are in the final years of their contracts.

Peverley has proven to be a quality addition to Boston's second line. He brings a lot of speed to a team that could benefit from some. That has helped him to establish himself as a guy capable of routinely putting up 20 goals per season or more. His career high was 22 with the Thrashers.

It's a nice deal for Peverley, who is getting a raise he deserves and is probably the biggest unrestricted free agent the Bruins have.

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Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 9:08 am

Bruins ink speedster Rich Peverley to 3-year deal

This a solid move by Boston to lock up a role player.  Peverley does not have a great deal of upside potential, but he also has minimal risk at this rate.  It removes one item from their to-do list.  Since the contract extension kicks in after the season it is cap-friendly and it sends a positive message to the team that management is intent on taking care of its players.

For a Boston fan there's nothing to get overly excited about here; there is a lot to be very pleased about, however.  I pull for a team that once famously had the policy of "not negotiating with players during the season".  This bone-headed strategy did not avoid distractions since talk about their pending UFA's lasted for the full season rather than a few weeks or months.  It also made it much easier for Drury and Briere to quickly accept other offers since the Sabres were not seen as operating in good faith.  This ill-conceived policy did not work out too well; it may have been a sound financial decision, but psychologically it set the team back a couple of seasons.

Again, this is a very nice signing by the hockey team from Boston.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2011 8:35 am

Bruins ink speedster Rich Peverley to 3-year deal

Not sure how well he'll progress in other areas of his game.    Will probably end up being a plug in type that can win some faceoffs.    For 3 years at 3.25mil his contract is movable if things don't go well, there is a huge market for centers right now among playoff contenders so if he has to be moved there will be good return.    If he progresses as he has the last 2 years, it's a good signing, and if he doesn't improve a bit, I think his contract can be moved for a good return.   I don't see much downside with this extension although I never understand why contracts are signed in October after the season starts unless negotiations were close to being complete over the summer.   Why not sign in September or before or December or later?   

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:48 pm

Bruins ink speedster Rich Peverley to 3-year deal

Peverley will be a solid player throughout this extension .. great signing for very reasonable money.  B's know this guy will be potting up to 30 goals with this B's team .. signing him early was extremely smart before his value goes up as the season goes along.   

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 4:34 pm

Bruins ink speedster Rich Peverley to 3-year deal

nice to get this out of the way, Peverley had a big role in the Bruins run last year. money and years seem about right.

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