When Dan Ellis heard Rich Peverley had collapsed on the Dallas bench during Monday night's game, he admitted he was scared and said a prayer for his good friend and former teammate.
Ellis was kept abreast of Peverley's situation from friends on the Stars' staff early in the ordeal and later by Peverley's wife.
"From what I've heard, he's doing well,'' said Ellis, who was traded to the Panthers from Dallas last week.
"You have to hope and pray for the best. You're thankful the doctors did as good a job as they did, thankful he's alive.''
Peverley, 31, didn't play in the season opener against the Panthers after missing the preseason for treatment of an irregular heartbeat. Peverley has been on medication and monitored all season and missed last week's game in Columbus because of it. Peverley did return to play against Vancouver two days later.
"When you can't be there for someone you care about .-.-. it's heartbreaking,'' said Ellis, who often rode with Peverley to games and practices during their time with the Stars.
Ellis said he and Peverley had extensive conversations on Peverley's health and the procedures he had and planned on undertaking.
Peverley was not allowed to drink alcohol or caffeine, Ellis said, and was going to have more work done in the offseason.
"Everything seemed to be under control, he did everything they said he needed to,'' Ellis said. "Then this happens.''