NHL notes: Stars' Peverley 'stable' after collapsing on bench
Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench during the first period of Monday night's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. (USA Today)
Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley remained in hospital Tuesday after collapsing on the bench during Monday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Peverley, who missed the entire pre-season dealing with an irregular heartbeat, had what the team called a “cardiac incident” during the first period and was immediately taken to a Dallas-area hospital. The game was postponed.
Although Peverley’s condition has improved, he has not been released from hospital, the team said.
“Rich Peverley is resting comfortably and being monitored at UT Southwestern St. Paul,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said Tuesday in a statement. “He is currently undergoing testing to discover what triggered the cardiac event (Monday) night. The focus of all the testing and monitoring is being dedicated to finding the cause of the event and a long-term solution to rectify the problem. We do not have any more specifics at the moment.
“Rich has been communicating with his teammates and friends. He is extremely grateful for all of the prayers and support that he’s received from fans and friends alike.”
In the wake of the incident, the Stars allowed rookie forward Alex Chiasson to remain in Dallas Tuesday rather than travel with the team to play in St. Louis. Chiasson, who visited his teammate in the hospital Monday night, was reportedly left shaken by Peverley’s collapse.
STEWART DONE FOR YEAR
Forward Chris Stewart, recently acquired by the Buffalo Sabres in the trade that sent Ryan Miller to the St. Louis Blues, will likely miss the rest of the regular season with an ankle injury.
Stewart was hurt last week against the Tampa Bay Lightning after playing just two games for the Sabres. He's been seen wearing a boot on his right ankle.
"Stewart doesn't look good right now," Sabres coach Ted Nolan told the Buffalo News. "There are only five weeks left in the year and his injury is four-to-five weeks."
The Sabres, 19-37-8 on the season, are a longshot to make the playoffs so the injury could be season-ending. Stewart, 26, has 15 goals and 11 assists in 60 games but no points with the Sabres.
HARDING SKATING AGAIN
Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding skated Tuesday, the first time he's been on the ice since early January.
Harding, who hasn't played since Dec. 31 due to the effects of multiple sclerosis, has been feeling better recently, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. But there's still no timetable in place for him to return to game action.
"The first step was just to see him at the rink and I know he was here last game and I had heard how much better he was doing," Wild coach Mike Yeo told the Star Tribune. "And when I got a chance to talk to him (Tuesday) morning, you could see it. You could see it in his face, you could see the relief. You could just see he's in a much better place right now. I think it's great. It's great to have him around.
"The next step is getting him on the ice and talk more about what the plan is. We haven't discussed that."
Harding went 18-7-3 with a 1.65 goals-against average before being struck down.
A statue depicting former NHL sniper Dave Andreychuk will be erected outside the Tampa Bay Times Forum next month.
The larger than life-sized bronze statue -- nine feet tall and weighing more than 600 pounds -- of the former Tampa Bay Lightning captain will depict him hoisting the Stanley Cup. Andreychuk helped the Lightning win the Cup in 2004, when they beat the Calgary Flames in seven games.
"The image of captain Dave Andreychuk hoisting the Stanley Cup over his head at centre ice is one of the most iconic memories in Lightning history," Lightning chairman and governor Jeff Vinik said. "We are excited to share this moment with every fan that attends a Lightning home game by honouring Dave with this statue."
Andreychuk played 278 games with the Lightning, recording 68 goals and 61 assists. The former Maple Leafs winger, who played a total of 1,639 games with six NHL teams, finished his career with 640 goals and 698 assists.
AVS' PARENTEAU OUT
Colorado Avalanche forward P.A. Parenteau will miss the rest of the regular season with a knee injury.
Parenteau was hurt Monday against the Winnipeg Jets when he was hit by defenceman Mark Stuart but tried to play through the pain. He was diagnosed with a medial collateral ligament issue and wore a brace on his leg after the game.
"We'll see for playoffs, but he will be out for four to six weeks," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said on the league's website.
Parenteau missed 10 games earlier this season with a MCL injury to his left knee. He has 14 goals and 19 assists this season.
The New York Islanders have signed Lake Superior State defenceman Kevin Czuczman. The 23-year-old had 10 goals and 11 assists in 36 games this season ... A statue of larger-than-life former Philadelphia Flyers coach Fred Shero will be unveiled Saturday in Philly. Shero led the Flyers to a pair of Stanley Cup titles during their "Broad Street Bullies" era ... The Chicago Blackhawks are expecting that Finnish prospect Teuvo Teravainen will join them after his SM-liga season ends, according to ESPN Chicago. Teravainen played two pre-season games with the Blackhawks before joining Jokerit in Finland ... Goalie Carey Price will not play when the Montreal Canadiens face off with the Boston Bruins Wednesday, Habs coach Michel Therrien said. It will be the eighth straight game Price has missed since returning from the Sochi Olympics.