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Mark Recchi is going out on top.
Just moments after helping the Boston Bruins win their first Stanley Cup since 1972 with a 4-0 victory against the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 at Rogers Arena, the 43-year-old forward announced he is hanging up the blades.
Recchi, a three-time Stanley Cup champion, had 14 goals and 34 assists in 81 regular-season games and went 5-9-14 in 25 playoff contests.
Q&A with Tim Thomas and Mark Recchi. Video (and transcript below):
TIM THOMAS: Don’t call us ‘old man,’ because we’ll both answer (laughter).
Q. What part of your anatomy are we supposed to kiss tonight?
MARK RECCHI: It is what it is. Like I said before, I care about what my teammates and coaching staff are thinking. People that have any question marks about it don’t know what it takes to win so…
NOTE: Milan Lucic, Mark Recchi and Patrice Bergeron videos added down below.
Transcripts and video from the Bruins. First, Tim Thomas on video:
Next, coach Claude Julien, transcription:
Q. Why was it Zdeno Chara and Andrew Ference to start in overtime?
COACH JULIEN: Because we don’t know who they’re going to put on. They got the last change. It’s a pretty normal thing.
Q. It’s two games in a row now where they were able to exert their will, take over in the third period. How alarming is that for you right now?
A ton of quotes from the Boston Bruins today, including Claude Julien, Patrice Bergeron, Mark Recchi, Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg.
BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN:
On if they are done celebrating the Game 7 win…
Well I think one thing that we were done celebrating was the next day. That night was an opportunity for us to enjoy the moment and rightfully so but next day it was about getting our rest. And we started working on things yesterday and so it’s preparation here for the, for what we feel is obviously the biggest part of the season coming up. So it’s sunk in. I mean it sunk in that we’re there. It also sunk in that we’re not done. We realize that there’s a lot of work ahead of us, probably the hardest games to win as you know will be against a team that kind of dominated the league this year. And we know we’re capable of doing it. We certainly don’t feel like we’re a team that is not capable of winning games against this team and we’re going to have to go out there and prove it. And that’s the thing that we want to do, is prove that we’re as good a team as they are and that’s where the challenge lies.
On how big a factor Tim Thomas’s experience will be in the Stanley Cup Final…
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
It’s an expensive 1970 Petrus, a Bordeaux almost as old as its owner.
Normally, you wouldn’t make much of a 43-year-old wine connoisseur and his collection of valued vino that topped out at 1,000 bottles. But this one is chasing his third Stanley Cup and the oldest active player is making two promises. Boston Bruins winger Mark Recchi will finally uncork the Petrus should his 22nd season conclude with another championship ring and he will bid the game adieu as a player who trails only Gordie Howe, Mark Messier and Ron Francis in games played.
The Petrus was priced at $1,700 when Recchi purchased it in the mid-1990s while playing for the Montreal Canadiens. He doesn’t know its present-day value — current online bidding has one going for $3,500 — but knows what he’ll do if the Bruins can beat the Vancouver Canucks. Dust it off, reach for a corkscrew and toast an amazing career.
from Pierre LeBrun or ESPN,
Wish I had better news to forward on the Marc Savard front, but it’s quite the opposite. A source told ESPN.com Saturday that the concussed Bruins center is having “real memory problems and he’s quite worried about it.”
Just another reminder how serious the concussion issue is around the NHL. Savard’s career is in serious doubt and that’s just not right.
I bring this up because I’m uncomfortable with the way Mark Recchi got off the hook pretty lightly this past week for his comments doubting the severity of Max Pacioretty’s concussion in Montreal. Yes, Recchi later explained it was a move to take the heat off teammate Zdeno Chara ahead of his much anticipated rematch with the Canadiens.
read on plus more hockey topics…
We’ve learned over the years not to expect much from so-called revenge games, like tonight’s Montreal/Boston showdown – the first meeting between the two since the ill-fated collision of Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty and a poorly-placed, scarcely-padded stanchion.
You know, the hit that was either attempted murder on Chara’s behalf or a hockey play gone afoul, depending on who you ask?
You know, the hit that either concussed Pacioretty and fractured a vertebra in his neck or resulted in a little boo-boo, depending on whether or not Mark Recchi is asked his opinion?
Yeah, you know.
And, if you don’t, you’ve either been in a coma (or maybe just napping, according to Recchi?) or under a rock somewhere since the play in question went down a little more than two weeks ago.
from Jame Murphy of ESPN Boston,
Boston Bruins forward Mark Recchi told a Boston radio station Wednesday that he thought the Montreal Canadiens “embellished” the concussion suffered by Max Pacioretty in an effort to try to get Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara suspended for his hit on the Habs forward.
The NHL did not punish Chara for his March 8 hit on Pacioretty, which left the Canadiens forward hospitalized with what the team called a cracked vertebra in his neck and a severe concussion. That decision caused an uproar in Montreal, where police launched a criminal probe into Chara’s hit.
“He’s OK and he’s getting better,” Recchi told Boston sports radio station 98.5 The Sports Hub of the reports he’s heard on Pacioretty’s condition. “I mean we know he was at a movie, I mean he was twittering at a movie five days later ... and you know obviously if you have a bad concussion like this, you’re not going to be at a movie. So we’re glad in that sense that he’s getting better, but it was a hockey play and the injury happened.”
from Jerry Spar of the Big Bad Blog at WEEI,
Asked about advice the 42-year-old veteran gave to the team’s younger players, Recchi said: “This is a great time of year right now. Enjoy it. Embrace it. Don’t let the pressure grab you. If you do that, you’re going to really have a good time with this and we’re going to be a better team for it.”
The Flyers have been trying to get under the Bruins’ skin in the first two games, but Recchi said all they’ve done is “wake the sleeping giant.” Said Recchi: “When we get involved in these games, we seem to really get the emotion and are able to play a better hockey game.”
Recchi said the key reason for the Bruins’ late-season turnaround was the team sticking together. “We believed in ourselves in the dressing room, and what we were trying to do,” he said. “We knew we weren’t consistent, so we really didn’t give [the fans] a lot of reasons to believe in us….”
from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,
I owe Boston Bruins forward Mark Recchi.
I owe him for the veritable lifetime of memories he’s given over a career that, in my mind and the minds of many, is a Hall of Fame career.
I owe him for proving once again that experience matters and if you don’t believe that, go back and review his performance in the first round of the playoffs vs. the Buffalo Sabres. He proved, as many have before him, that it’s not just about how fast you skate (or as in his case now how fast you no longer skate) or how hard you hit or even how many goals you score. He proved that timely scoring, having a calm persona when everyone around you is jacked up to over-the-top extremes and that making just the right play at just the right time also matter. He’s a living, breathing case for anyone who wants to get rid of the old in favour of the new (and usually cheaper) players.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
No league for old men, huh? No one is telling that to the 42-year-old Recchi, whose spirited play and boundless guile have helped the Bruins to a 2-1 series lead. Three games into the postseason, the sure-shot Hall of Famer has a pair of goals and last night’s winning assist, the latter a textbook example in sheer hockey know-how and chutzpah. Kennedy looked like a freshman spending his first day at Recchi University and Lesson 1 was a tough one.
“It’s just my fault there,’’ said Kennedy, who has a family name that rarely gets so leveled in this part of the country. “I’ve just got to win that battle. You can’t let that play happen.’’
more and watch the video of Recchi winning the battle for the puck…
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
Perhaps the biggest contribution Recchi made last season was helping Bergeron rediscover his skills. Bergeron, who suffered a serious head injury in 2007 and another lesser concussion in December 2008, looked like his old self when teamed with Recchi.
If Bergeron returns to the form that saw him score 70 points in two straight seasons from 2005-07, it would have an effect similar to signing one of the top available free agents this summer. Recchi thinks it can happen.
“You can see Bergeron is regaining his confidence,” Recchi said. “When you go through what he’s been through the past 1 1/2 or two years, it’s not easy. But I think he’s back to being the player everybody has seen in the past. He’s holding onto the puck and playing with strength. He’s a great two-way player.
“It’s fun to see him getting back to health and it’s fun to play with him. I’m just trying to support Chuck and Patrice by going to the areas that they need me to go.”
The Boston Bruins have re-signed forward Mark Recchi to a one-year, $1 million contract.
“Hey man, if a team wants me and they feel like I could come in and help them, then I would love it.”
-Mark Recchi of the Tampa Bay Lightning via Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald at the National Post.
From Damian Cristodero at the St. Petersburg Times:
Sometimes, Mark Recchi said, the life of a 41-year-old professional athlete isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
“Some days, it gets a little, you know,” said Recchi, who went on to describe an occasional reluctance “to go and do my 25 sprints and feel like pukin’. “
The results, though, must make Recchi feel it is worth it.
The Lightning right wing’s 35 points and 24 assists are third on the team behind Marty St. Louis and Vinny Lecavalier.
continued with a look at Recchi’s potential to be moved before the deadline
From TSN’s tracker:
Tampa Bay Lightning sign UFA forward Mark Recchi.
Update 8:14pm ET: From TSN—
The Tampa Bay Lightning continued to pile on veteran support on Monday, signing forward Mark Recchi to an undisclosed contract.
Recchi, 40, split last season between the Atlanta Thrashers and Pittsburgh Penguins. He played in only 19 of the Penguins’ 26 games with just two goals and six assists. He has been a healthy scratch in seven of their last eight games before the team place him on waivers in December.
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
Recchi was and likely still is furious with the way he was treated. That’s understandable, especially coming from a player who gave so much of himself to hockey. But that’s also life in the NHL these days. There is no room for sentiment and not much even for players who have made lifelong contributions to winning. But the simple fact of the matter is that for all his talk about how well he had been playing before the cruel cut came, it simply isn’t true.
Recchi had five points in his first six games of the season, six in the first eight, but nothing in his final 10 before being put on the departure list.
Recchi, claimed off re-entry waivers by the Thrashers on Saturday, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he believes Penguins coach Michel Therrien was too quick to remove him from the top line and No. 1 power-play unit.
“They’ll see,” Recchi told the paper. “I didn’t get 68 points for no reason last year. In the first seven or eight games [this season], I had a point a game until the coach decided to move me down two or three lines for whatever reason. I still haven’t figured it out.”
from Empty Netters,
We’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge Mark Recchi’s three tenures here in Pittsburgh. As his play declined this season, people got restless with him and actually cheered when he was out of the line-up. In situations like that, you tend to forget about someone’s entire body of work and focus on their immediate contributions.
Among the Penguins career leaders, Recchi is:
-11th in points (376)
-9th in goals (154)
-7th in power-play goals (61)
continued plus other NHL bits…
Looking to add some experience to their lineup, the Atlanta Thrashers have claimed veteran winger Mark Recchi off re-entry waivers.
from the Globe and Mail,
Roberts, who signed with the Penguins last season after getting a call from Recchi, let his feelings be known on the release of his friend. Recchi cleared waivers Wednesday and the Penguins now have the option to send him to the AHL or negotiate a buyout of his $1.75-million (U.S.) contract.
“He brought this team together last year,” Roberts said. “I think he’s still a top-six forward on any team. Unfortunately, they [the Penguins’ management] didn’t think so.”
more on the Crosby show in Edmonton…
via Working the Corners,
Veteran right wing Mark Recchi cleared waivers today and TSN’S Darren Dreger has reported that both the Sharks and the Stars could be interested as the two teams had been in trade talks with Pittsburgh in recent days. A source with the Sharks advises me, however, that I’d be smart not to give any credibility to the idea of Recchi ending up in teal.
So, there you have it.
via RDS (translated sort of),
The Penguins have placed the name of Mark Recchi to tie. L’attaquant de 39 ans avait été rayé de la formation lors de six derniers matchs. The attacker 39 year old had been removed from the training during the last six matches.
added 1:07pm, via TSN,
The Pittsburg Penguins have placed forwared Mark Recchi on waivers.
Recchi, 39, has had a difficult year - playing in only 19 of the Pens’ 26 games this year and has registered just two goals and six assists. Recchi has been a healthy scratch in seven of the last eight games.
Ironically, Monday was “Mark Recchi Bobblehead” night in Pittsburgh.
from Mark Madden at the Beaver County Times,
But the feelings of veterans shouldn’t matter when a team is based on youth. Unless the Penguins arrive a bit early, Recchi, Roberts and Sydor will almost certainly not be around when the team wins its next Stanley Cup. So who cares how they feel? Respect them. But don’t placate them. Don’t treat them with kid gloves when they play badly.
If anybody feels Roberts is still worth anything, Shero should trade him. Try calling north of the border, Ray. If his misguided raging-bull style on the ice is any indication, Roberts is not handling his decline well.
Recchi and Sydor can still help in lesser roles. Just make sure they have lesser roles.
From Dave Molinari at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Mark Recchi and Darryl Sydor have been friends for years.
They became teammates in July. And Wednesday, they will officially become co-owners of a hockey team.
Recchi and Sydor are part of a five-man group that has negotiated the acquisition of their old Western Hockey League club, the Kamloops Blazers, for a reported $7 million.
*And other notes on the Penguins this week, including nicknames on their sticks, etc.