Former Boston Bruin and Stanley Cup champion Rich Peverley is still sitting on the free agent market. According to an article in the Boston Globe Peverley is still undecided about his NHL future. At 33-years-old Peverley hasn’t played an NHL game since March 2014 when he collapsed on the Dallas Stars bench from a heart condition.
I really hope that if Rich Peverley has any concerns about his heart he will retire. The guy was an important part of the beloved 2011 Boston Bruins who took home the Stanley Cup. He could kill penalties, had great wheels, and was one of the all-important role players that helped give a great boost to the Bruins. He eventually became part of the Tyler Seguin trade that sent both of them to the Dallas Stars.
But he certainly should not feel he has anything he needs to prove. He’s accomplished the ultimate goal by winning the Stanley Cup. I’m sure as a 33-year-old he never saw this scenario in his future. Skills are still there, legs run fine, but with a heart condition to complicate it all. He certainly would be a nice depth addition to a team that could use his versatility if he’s healthy enough. But if he does decide to walk away from the game he should know Bruins fans will never forget his efforts and joy he helped bring to the city. He’s got a long life ahead of him to enjoy his accomplishments.