Peverley undergoes successful heart surgery; no word on possible return to NHL

Former Nashville Predators forward Rich Peverley is expected to return to Dallas on Thursday following surgery to correct an abnormal heart rhythm Thursday at Cleveland.

The procedure was deemed a success but did not immediately shed light on when, or if the 31-year-old would be able to resume his playing career.

Peverley, in his first season with the Dallas Stars, collapsed on the bench early in a March 10 game against Columbus and required life-saving treatment from team medical personnel.

The Stars issued the following statement Wednesday from general manager Jim Nill:

“Rich Peverley underwent successful surgery to correct an abnormal heart rhythm at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday, March 18. He is currently in normal sinus rhythm. He was released from the Cleveland Clinic today and is expected to return to Dallas tomorrow. He will be monitored closely and may require further treatment. There is no decision being made at this time on his ability to return to hockey participation.”