As excitement builds in regards to a revamped Dallas Stars roster, Rich Peverley's status for the upcoming season remains in question.
Peverley underwent heart surgery back in March, and according to Mike Heika of the Dallas News, the 32-year-old forward is "working out off-ice, but there is no schedule for him to get tested right now for a possible return to play."
He's definitely invited (to training camp), he's under contract to the team. But the team and Peverley and the doctors and the trainers and everyone else have to come to an agreement that Peverley is cleared for competition. He will continue to work out, I believe, until he is cleared or until the season is over or until he decides to stop. It is a day to day process, where he has to determine how his body responds to an increased heart rate and then to the physical demands of practice and then to the physical demands of actually returning to a game. It could take a while.
The added depth up front would be a boon for the Stars, but certainly all involved are making Peverley's long-term health a higher priority.
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