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Bruins’ Peverley peeved at being a healthy scratch

Mar 23, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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Rich Peverley has had some time to let the feeling of being a healthy scratch sink in.

On Friday, one day after he was sat for the Boston Bruins’ 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators, Peverley admitted frustration over head coach Claude Julien’s decision.

“You definitely think about it a lot,” Peverley told on Friday.

“You wouldn’t be a hockey player if you weren’t frustrated by it. But you need to take a positive out of it and that’s what I’m trying to do right now.

“Obviously you never want to be a healthy scratch. But it was a coach’s decision. I know I need to be a lot better. Hopefully from here on out, it will go a lot better and I can use it as motivation.”

The 30-year-old Peverley, who the Bruins acquired in a deal with Atlanta in February of 2011, just months before their Stanley Cup win, is struggling right now.

The center has just four goals and nine points in 28 games, but is also a minus-nine.

That’s the worst plus-minus rating on a team that, to this point in the season, is an overall plus-16 and tied for the fourth best rating in the entire NHL alongside the Montreal Canadiens.



  1. mgp1219 - Mar 23, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    As a B’s fan, I think that the way they are playing lately they should all be a healthy scratch for a game during the course of the rest of the season. The only one playing consistently is Khoudobin. Their offense has become predictable (ie: either bring the puck up the wing and take a 40 ‘ shot or force the puck into the middle of the ice where no one is open and ” see what happens”). Their defense is making bad decisions ( Seidenberg) or coughing up the puck (Ference) on a regular basis. Things need to improve in a hurry. I won’t even approach the subject of their power play…

    • bekay19 - Mar 23, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      Bergeron has been the best player on the Bruins and on their opponetns team all season…. They have allowed 4 goals in their past three games…. think people in Boston are over reacting to a mid season slump…. They are 4th in the East and have game in hands… things will be OKAY Bruins fans stop panicking

  2. matthews4 - Mar 23, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    That’s funny, I’m peeved that we gave up Wheeler and Stuart for a guy who skates no where fast. Before my fellow B’s fans get on me with they won a cup with him, there is nothing to say that Wheeler could not have produced the same results. Let’s also remember that getting rid of Stuart contributed to the Kaberle trade. I think we may not have been in many game 7s if we had Stuart rather then Mr. Softy….just sayin.

    • stratomaticfan - Mar 23, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      Wheeler was routinely a guy who made bad decisions. Constantly made bad passes across the defensive zone that were interecepted and turned into goals against. Prefer Peverly and his play on the PK, even if he’s got a minus. A good portion of that has been playing alongside a circus of awful wingers on the other side (see: Bourque, C et al).

    • nopuntintended - Mar 23, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      Peverley is having a rough year, sure. But let’s recall that he’s been playing alongside Kelly is also having a super rough year (that just got a bit rougher with the break), Chris Bourque (who wasn’t even claimed on waivers), Spooner and Caron – neither of whom has much experience at this level.

      He’s also winning faceoffs -just- below a 60% rate, which is good. And kills penalties.

      People rip on Kabs and I believe we gave up too much for the rental, but he did get 11 assists during the playoff run. That’s as many as Stuart had in the whole of last season. Kaberle lead the Bruins defense in both assists and points throughout the entire playoffs.

      • tdrusher225 - Mar 23, 2013 at 5:19 PM

        Not to forget what a trade like that (for Kaberle) did for the Bruins locker room, in that the management was sending a message that they were “all in”, and that is often forgetten. Stuart and Wheeler are solid players, but just did not fit on this team anymore and were much better served playing for a team where their roles were increased and/or changed. Peverley is not having a great year, but he is still a very valuable role player.

    • hockeyflow33 - Mar 23, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      Kaberle was tied for team lead in assists in the postseason

  3. gallyhatch - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    matthews4, you are certainly entitled to your opinion, I respect it, I just couldn’t disagree with it more.

    Kelly & Peverly were instrumental in the Stanley Cup run, how any Bruins fan could second guess that trade is beyond me.

    @nopunintended, good call on Kaberle, people only recall the negative, not the positives that he brought to the table. They won the cup with him, not despite him.

  4. matthews4 - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Ok i hear you guys, but a couple of things to consider. Peverley has been god awful on the PP. That kind of kills the whole it’s the line he is playing on argument. When he has played on the top lines due to injury same result. As far as the 11 assists the Kabere-gay had how many where secondary and he single-handedly cost us at least one game against the Lightning. The team then and now posses defensive minded forwards, Campbell,Paille,Bergeron,Marchand, and even Krejci is good on the PK. I just believe you have to have some balance, and now you can clearly see they don’t. Wheeler at that point was just like Seguin in the sense that they can provide great offense, but will make youthful mistakes. So ask yourselves who was more instrumental Seguin or Peverley. No one can deny we would not have won the TB series without Segs. BTW I counted at least 3 goals that Peverley turned the puck over or didn’t clear that lead to goals during that playoff run. I respect all of your opinions, I just think that when you look at some of the moves that PC has made, they are starting to catch up with us. Clearly when a d-man get’s his ice time reduced that much, they didn’t win because of him…….

    • theblakfox - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      at the time we traded for peverly we needed a consistent and versatile player. NObody doubts wheeler’s skill now, but at the time, it was peverly who really allowde us to win the cup, especially after hortons injury.

      also, i hate kaberle with a passion, he looks so perfect in a habs jersey

  5. dolanster - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    I applaud Julien for trying to add some spark to the third and fourth liners. Caron is not ready for the NHL. Pandolfo is a liability out there. Spooner is green. With Kelly gone and Krejci hobbled the Bruins need more from Peverley. He can bring more. The benching is a message, that’s all.

    That said, I sincerely hope Cam and Peter C are hitting the phones hard looking for a substantial addition to the top 9. Iginla, Clowe, etc. That Swedish kid can’t get across the pond fast enough. We have 2 first lines and 2 fourth lines now. Not going to do it.

  6. matthews4 - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    I thought that was the reason we traded for Kelly. To each their own. I still don’t see it, I agree with Kaberle though lol. I am really shocked that people think he was a help during that run. He got benched for Shane Hnidy. who had not played hockey all year. It will be interesting to see what PC does now, he should have traded either Kelly or Peverley sooner. Yeah i agree when you watched the Jets game this week, now it’s no contest who is better. Go B’s

  7. letsgopens8771 - Mar 23, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Give me Peverley or give me death!!

    Couldn’t resist.

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