February 17, 2012

Dismal diagnosis: Peverley out 4-6 weeks with MCL injury

By Jesse Connolly

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has announced that forward Rich Peverley will be out 4-6 weeks after suffering a third degree MCL sprain in his right knee in during the team's 4-3 victory over the Canadiens on Feb. 15. 

Peverley collided with towering defenseman Hal Gill near Boston's blue line early in the third period and eventually left the bench for the remainder of the contest.

The 29-year-old winger missed six of the Bruins' first 55 games this season due to an undisclosed injury. 

With the trade deadline just ten days away, Chiarelli may now have to amend the plans he had prior to receiving word on the extent of Peverley's injury. With Nathan Horton already sidelined by a concussion, Boston's depth has taken a major whack. 

Despite bouncing back-and-forth between the first line and third line, Peverley had been as consistent a contributor as any forward of late. No. 49 had four points in his last five games and nine in the last 12 tilts. 

Just four assists shy of the career-high 33 he racked up in 2009-10 for Atlanta, Peverley had nine goals and 29 assists for a total of 38 points in 49 games.