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Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced Tuesday that the team has signed forward Rich Peverley to a 3-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2013-2014 season. The new deal will kick in next year when Peverley will earn $3,250,000.
Since Rich Peverley arrived in Boston at last year’s trading deadline, he has proved to be extremely versatile player. Whether he is playing on the power play, penalty kill, on the wing or as a center you can always count on him to give a consistent effort on the ice. It would be hard to argue against keeping a guy like Peverley on the team, but one could make the case that the numbers on this deal are a bit too high.
His speed is an asset and he uses it well to get into scoring positions, but if he is going to live up to the $3,250,000 he’s going to be making he needs to become a better finisher. In some ways, he reminds me of an NBA center with bad hands. Getting yourself into a good position to score is only half the battle.
Fortunately for the Bruins, they are in great salary cap shape, so even if Rich Peverley is making a bit more than he should they can afford to overpay him. Somewhere down the line you’d like to think Tyler Seguin will take Peverley’s spot on that second line. If and when this happens, Peverley’s sketchy finishing ability won’t be as big a deal.
With all of this being said, he’s a good player who works hard. He’s only 29 so there is still a little room for improvement. And with 2 goals in his first 3 games, he could be on the verge of a breakout season.