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Stars' Peverley issues statement of thanks at presser, will have season-ending heart procedure

By Mike Harrington

Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley, who had a cardiac event on the bench during  game Monday, will not play hockey again this season. His career is certainly in question too. But there was one big piece of good news out of Big D today: Peverley walked into a press conference, issued a statement of thanks to numerous entities that included team and local medical personnel, and walked out.

Hockey, after all, is a game. That's life.

Peverley was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat during training camp, and will have a procedure he was hoping to undergo after the season at the Cleveland Clinic. Doctors said they simply don't know about Peverley's career at this point.

In case you missed it in today's paper, I wrote a column talking to Sabres assistant coach Teppo Numminen, who had heart surgery in 2007 and came back to play his final season in the NHL after the procedure.

Dallas players remained shaken over what they saw on their bench Monday.

With Peverley on their minds, the Stars posted a 3-2 overtime win Tuesday in St. Louis to hand Ryan Miller his first loss as a Blue. Peverley texted "Keep rolling" to old friend Lindy Ruff after the win.

Here's is the video of Peverley's statement today:

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Stars plan sitdown with Seguin over social media snafus

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Tyler Seguin hoists the Stanley Cup in his hometown of Brampton, Ont., in 2011 (Getty Images)

 By Mike Harrington

Old friend Lindy Ruff certainly felt like his new team acquired a No. 1 center for many years Friday when the Dallas Stars landed Tyler Seguin in a seven-player deal with the Boston Bruins. But, as the playoffs went on, Seguin's poor play in Boston was surrounded by murmurs of his party animal lifestyle and that was chronicled in this Boston Herald story.

Seguin's mother ripped the Bruins in a Toronto Star story last week, saying the team leaked some of the information to discredit Seguin. One problem? Dad admitted to the Star that kiddo is in fact prone to party. 

So what did Seguin allegedly do to commemorate his trade? Stage a big rave at his Cape Cod pad with friends. On Saturday, he then tweeted (since deleted) "Only steers and queers in Texas, and I’m not a cow.” Early Sunday afternoon, Seguin tweeted he was taking down his Twitter account due to hackers. Uh-huh. 

(4 p.m. update: The Stars have issued a statement denouncing the tweet, saying in part: "We've addressed the issue directly with Tyler and we'll continue to work on educating our players regarding the importance of their conduct on all forms of social media.")

All this can't sit well with Ruff and especially new Stars GM Jim Nill, who just sent valuable veteran Loui Eriksson to Boston as the key piece for Seguin. According to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, Nill said today that Seguin is scheduled in Dallas on Monday and they will be having a heart-to-heart about social media and other things off the ice.

"My problem with social media is you just don’t know how much of it is true,” Nill said. “I think, as a society, we are trained to believe 100 percent of it is true, and that’s obviously not the case. It’s difficult to validate how things might happen, whether someone was truly hacked, or just what might have happened. I can’t go off hearsay, I need to ask questions.”

Nill will ask plenty Monday and the Dallas media is scheduled to ask Seguin some more Tuesday. That figures to be interesting.

Stars put Roy on IR even as they ponder new deal

By Mike Harrington

Old friend Derek Roy is coming off shoulder surgery but was playing nearly 20 minutes a game for the Dallas Stars before being put on injured reserve by the Stars Monday night due to a groin problem. Roy had just two assists in the four games but the Stars still think he can be part of their core.

In fact, GM Joe Nieuwendyk says the team is likely looking at trying to get Roy to sign an extension; he's in the final year of his six-year, $24 million deal he signed with the Sabres in 2007.

Roy went on IR to make room for Jamie Benn, who moved from RFA status to signing a five-year, $26.25 million deal. 

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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