NHL notebook: Stars forward Peverley will sit out season after collapsing
DALLAS — Rich Peverley will not play again this season after collapsing on the bench during a game.
Whether the Dallas Stars' forward will play again in the future won't be known until after more extensive work is done to evaluate his irregular heartbeat.
Peverley, 31, appeared at a news conference Wednesday, reading from a statement that thanked “the number of people that saved my life” after he went down in the first period of a game against Columbus, stunning players, coaches and fans.
He left the questions to doctors who said his season was over and that he would undergo a procedure he put off when his condition was first discovered during a physical before training camp in September.
Dr. Robert Dimeff said Peverley was given the option of treating atrial fibrillation, the most common type of heart arrhythmia, with a minor adjustment and medication or missing several months to undergo a more invasive approach.
“That was a joint decision, an informed decision on his part” Dimeff said of Peverley, who came to the Stars in an offseason trade from Boston.
Dimeff said Peverley's heart likely raced out of control, then stopped Monday night, but probably for no more than about 10 seconds before medical personnel got it going again in the tunnel behind the Dallas bench. The game was postponed.
The procedure Peverley skipped in September, called an ablation, likely will be performed within days. Peverley remains hospitalized, but all heart tests have been normal, Dimeff said.
Bettman: Concussions down
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman indicated fewer concussions have occurred in the league so far this season but wouldn't reveal any numbers.
Bettman credited the players and NHL vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan for the decrease while wrapping up the three-day general managers' meeting.
Bettman wouldn't disclose how many fewer concussions from last year, preferring to reveal the information after the season. He said the GMs didn't discuss the issue, which had been a major topic at previous meetings.
They did talk about two small changes to handling faceoffs. Players who previously were ejected for a faceoff violation might just have to take a step back. They recommended following the Olympic model on hash marks, moving them from 3 feet to 5 feet to prevent fighting on the wings of the faceoff circle.
Blue Jackets' Comeau suspended
Blue Jackets forward Blake Comeau was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL for hitting Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith from behind.