From Thrashers’ defenseman Brent Sopel:
It’s a tuff time of the year for us. It’s a game of wait and see what happens. We lost a great guy and teammate. Wish Rich the best of luck.
From forward Evander Kane:
Sucks to see a good teammate go but its part of the business
CSNNE Joe Haggerty’s take: “Boris Valabik has idolized Zdeno Chara for a long time. Interesting addition to Boston’s mix for depth purposes. I like Peverley a lot.”
As do I, and the best part about this swap for the Bruins is that they get another year of Peverley at a $1.4 million base salary next season while Wheeler does RFA this summer and will get a raise on $2.2 million. And he’s better offensively than Wheeler.