Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/09/09 at 07:15 PM ET
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Peverley recalled the day last season when Nashville head coach Barry Trotz told him he was being put on waivers and that, assuming no other NHL team picked him up, he’d perhaps get his confidence back playing in the American Hockey League. Peverley and his wife drove around near the Nashville airport waiting for word on whether he was headed to another NHL team or hopping a plane to Milwaukee and the Preds’ AHL affiliate.
Atlanta GM Don Waddell, however, saw something in Peverley. It has turned out to be a boon for both the player, who recently signed a two-year contract extension worth a total of $2.6 million, and the franchise.
“Here, I get counted on to have some offensive production,” Peverley told ESPN.com this week, “and whenever you play a lot and play a lot of minutes, you’re going to develop a lot of confidence, and I just think that’s the case.”
The 27-year-old Guelph, Ontario, native said he understands how people may be waiting for the clock to strike midnight on his Cinderella-story emergence as an NHL scorer. But he’s determined not to go pumpkin any time soon.
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