Stars’ Rich Peverley Still Not Cleared To Skate Following Heart Surgery

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Rich Peverley has been working hard to return to hockey after collapsing on the bench during a March 10 game against the Columbus Blue Jackets due to an irregular heartbeat, but as training camp starts, he’s still not ready to skate.

As the Dallas Stars took the ice at the Forth Worth Convention Center on Friday, Peverley was in the building but spent his time bonding with the fans who had come out to watch the practice. [tweet https://twitter.com/MikeHeika/status/513024634309341184 align=’center’]

According to general manager Jim Nill, Peverley has been cleared to work out but is still waiting on clearance to be able to take the ice.

“We are going to monitor that week by week,” Nill told Stars insider Mark Stepneski. “He needs to see some more doctors, and we’ll go from there.”

Nill expects that Peverley’s situation will be week-to-week. There has also been an emphasis on not rushing the veteran centerman.

The former Boston Bruins center’s heart condition was diagnosed last year during training camp, and he had surgery to correct the abnormal rhythm following the scary incident last spring. This season is the last remaining on Peverley’s contract, and it would be nice for him to get to play it out.

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