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Peverley (irregular heartbeat) resumes skating with Stars

Sep 17, 2013, 6:27 PM EDT

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Newly acquired center Rich Peverley skated with his Dallas Stars teammates for the first time since being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat on Tuesday, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Peverley, 31, explained that it’s not necessarily as big of a problem as it might sound and expects to be on track to return in early October as originally anticipated.

“A couple of days last week, I was feeling a little bit like my heart was racing.” Peverley said. “I think people hear it’s a heart thing and they think it’s life-threatening. It’s not. Normal people have it, and they can go through daily life.”

The former Boston Bruins center is on blood thinners and hasn’t been cleared for contact yet, but said “I’m not really worried about it” overall.

Peverley is generally regarded as a quality depth forward, although he was limited to two goals in 21 postseason games in 2013. He showed his greatest flashes of brilliance in 2011-12 scoring 42 points in 57 contests and also had 22 goals in 2009-10.

If this is just a minor setback, he could very well get a nice chance to show what he’s capable of in Dallas.

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