September 24, 2012

Peverley finds employment in Finland

By Jesse Connolly

And so the swift exits to Europe continue. Rich Peverley became the fifth member of the Boston Bruins to sign a deal with a club overseas on Monday, as No. 49 will be playing for JYP Jyvaskyla in the SM-liiga during the lockout.

Peverley, 30, put up impressive numbers during an injured-shortened, 2011-12 campaign (his first full year in Boston). The Kingston, Ontario native had 11-31-42 totals in 57 games and was the B’s best playoff performer, scoring three goals and adding two assists in their seven-game, first-round series loss to the Washington Capitals.

Acquired via trade from the Thrashers in February 2011, Peverley has 193 points in 333 career NHL games. He signed a three-year deal with the Bruins last October that’ll see him earn a total of $9.75 million.

During the last lockout in 2004-05, Peverley was in his first season as a pro after four years at St. Lawrence. He appeared in one game for the Portland Pirates, but spent most of the campaign with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays.

This voyage to Finland marks his first time playing professionally outside of North America. Peverley is expected to join the club next week.

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.