Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Recchi clears waivers

Expect the Penguins to recall him on re-entry waivers and for some team to claim him at half his salary.

Failing that, Mark Recchi will be playing his first-ever AHL game at age 39.

6 Comments:

At 1:11 PM, December 05, 2007, Blogger Danny said...

"Failing that, Mark Recchi will be playing his first-ever AHL game at age 39."

Should he report to the minors. There is also a chance the Pens could buy him out.

 
At 1:50 PM, December 05, 2007, Blogger Dennis Prouse said...

It is cheaper to recall him on re-entry waivers and have someone claim him than it is to buy him out. You have to buy out at two-thirds of the salary. If no one grabs him on re-entry waivers, though, it would be the classier gesture for the Penguins to buy him out rather than force a proud veteran like that to play in the AHL.

 
At 3:08 PM, December 05, 2007, Blogger Hooks Orpik said...

Dennis,

This situation is playing out exactly like John LeClair did last year. Should no one claim Recchi on re-entry waivers (which is possible), I doubt that Recchi would be interested in reporting to Wilkes-Barre and playing in the minors.

That's what LeClair decided and was given his unconditional release for not accepting his demotion.

For the record, LeClair's salary did count against the cap in it's entirity, but the Pens did not have to pay him any further. But since the Penguins are not a team that will flirt with the cap ceiling, carrying some deadweight there is not a major issue.

As a Penguins fan though, I certainly hope another team gives Recchi a shot...I think he still has a little left in the tank, if used correctly. It's always sad to see a career end in this fashion, especially for players as respectful and professional as Recchi.

 
At 3:12 PM, December 05, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Darren Dreger reported yesterday that Recchi would go and play in the AHL.

 
At 3:34 PM, December 05, 2007, Anonymous Anshu said...

Darren Dreger reported yesterday that Recchi would go and play in the AHL.

Isn't that almost a guarantee that the opposite is true?

 
At 4:11 PM, December 05, 2007, Blogger Menzies said...

Time for a what if...

Say the Penguins bring Recchi back up on re-entry waivers. Maybe the islanders grab him. His salary gets split down the middle at that point, the penguins being on the hook for half of it.

Would the Islanders be able to put him on waivers? Or are they stuck with him for the rest of the season? Say they did put him on waivers, and he cleared, then the isles got into injury trouble. If they brought him back up, could another team snag him, and if so, would that team only being paying half of what the isles are paying him, 1/4 or the original salary? Is it a possibility, even if completely unlikely?

 

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