One has to feel a little bit for Rich Peverley.

The versatile forward spent three years with the Bruins and was a valuable member of the Stanley Cup winning team, but he’s also in the background in his return to Boston as a member of the Dallas Stars. That’s because Peverley was traded along with Tyler Seguin to the Lone Star State back in July, and much of the focus has been trained on the 21-year-old in his first game back.

But Peverley carved out his own niche as a speedy third line winger capable of playing in all situations, and more than able to win the majority of his face-offs while playing with Chris Kelly. The 31-year-old did struggle last season with the Bruins, and knew he was likely on the way out after finishing with six goals and a minus-9 rating in 47 games last season.

So he wasn’t surprised to be traded with the Bruins facing some major salary cap decisions, but the circumstances of his move to Dallas certainly weren’t anything he could have predicted. Peverley clearly knew he was on the trading block once last year’s run to the Cup Finals was over.

“It’s a lot of fun coming back. I played here for three years, I won a Cup here and I loved my time here,” said Peverley, who got together with a group of his ex-Bruins teammates on Sunday. “There are a lot of guys over there [in the B’s dressing room] that I’ve developed lifelong relationships with, and they’re some of my best friends in hockey.

“But I wasn’t surprised [by the trade]. I knew the team had to make some decisions last summer. Unfortunately, Tyler and me were the guys to go, but there are no hard feelings. You wish them the best, and now I’m focused in being in Dallas. I was a little surprised that Tyler got traded. I think everybody was.”

Peverley got off to a slow start in Dallas after a heart procedure was required during training camp to make him physically fit for playing, and he’ll actually need a heart-related surgery once this season is over.

“It’s an issue that I think I had a little bit last year too,” said Peverley, who said it manifested itself with massive fatigue when he exerted himself physically. “I’ll have to have it corrected, and have a surgery over the summer.”