Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Recchi rises

"They doubted my ability to play. I wanted to go out and do well. For 19 years I've been doing that."
Twenty-two years, if you count his Blazers days.

I've held off writing this post for a little while now, but after another two-point night against Detroit on Tuesday, his fifth multi-point effort in 18 games with his new club, Recchi's riding high. He has seven goals and 11 assists, a point a game, with the Thrashers, and the talk is he'll stay there for another year — despite the fact he turns 40 in about two weeks.

The highlight of his resurrection so far was last weekend's win over the Penguins, when the Recchin' Ball beat his old club with a doozy of a winner in the shootout.

All this after he sat for more than a month while Pittsburgh found him a new home.

Now, that's not to say the Penguins made a mistake, because clearly a change of scenery was needed. But Recchi stands as a reminder for everyone who called for his retirement that, just because you're old, it doesn't mean you've reached your end.

His rise has been great to see. Recchi was, and still is, one of the most underrated veteran stars in the league, and sits behind only Joe Sakic and Jaromir Jagr on the all-time points list among active players. With another 20 points this year and 47 or more next season, he'll pass eight others to move into 14th on the career scoring leader's list.

And while the Hall of Fame is a little ways off, at least he can now add another accolade to a long list: The best player ever placed on waivers.

The Recchin' Ball

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At 11:50 p.m., January 15, 2008, Blogger Art Vandelay said...

It'd be great if it lead to the firing of Sh!tferbrains in Pittsburgh. 2008 Marketing Slogan: Squandering Talent Since 2006.

At 11:50 p.m., January 15, 2008, Blogger Joe Pelletier said...

Igor Larionov was also a waiver pick up at one time, too. Though his circumstances were a little bit more unique, he deserves mention I would think.

Joe Pelletier

At 12:16 a.m., January 16, 2008, Anonymous Don said...

No two ways about it, Pitt made a mistake. He has proved them wrong. That said, I don't like his game. He's easily among the best in the league at drawing calls.

At 12:52 a.m., January 16, 2008, Blogger dave said...

He's too slow for the Penguins, he played all of last year on the top two lines and did nothing. He was simply never going to fit in Pittsburgh, and his value couldn't have been lower. There wasn't any other choice for the Penguins, and still having Recchi would not make them better.

At 7:24 a.m., January 16, 2008, Blogger FAUX RUMORS said...

1) Yeah the Penguins have fallen since Mark was let go huh? LOL
2) He, for what ever reason, wasn't fitting into their team this year, but apparently is still a good hockey player.
3) However, we wouldn't bash Pitt for letting him go. Its one of those moves that seems to have helped both parties

At 11:31 a.m., January 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Don:

Are you kidding me? Pitt made a mistake? Check the record of Pitt with Recchi in, and out, of the line up. Pittsburgh made the right move here.

In fact, people that bash the Penguins for letting him go are just asinine. He wasn't producing for them and he was being negative in the locker room too. Shero did everything in his power to trade Recchi to a team he was willing to go to -- for almost nothing -- but no one wanted him! Then, he sent him through waivers once, and no one wanted him! Finally, it was only on the re-entry waivers that he was claimed.

Say what you want about the way Therrien used Recchi or treated him, but the Penguins as an organization not only made the correct move in letting him go, but did so with as much benefit and respect to Recchi as they could. Pittsburgh haters should get the facts and situation correct.

I'm very happy that Recchi is doing well and that he still plans to settle down in Pittsburgh when he retires. He is a great guy and a good citizen, just don't bash the Penguins for letting him go.

At 1:13 p.m., January 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Think of how well the Pens would be doing if they had a coach and not a clown behind the bench.

At 1:25 p.m., January 16, 2008, Blogger MetroGnome said...

Nothing like a move to the SE division to up the ol' offensive totals.

At 1:53 p.m., January 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ anon 1:13:

Think how well they'd do without a clown behind the bench?

I guess going 9-0-1 isn't perfect, but it is pretty close. I'd love to hear your suggestion about who could have gotten that one extra point. If you don't like Therrien or his coaching style, then fine, but right now they could not be playing better and Therrien deserves the credit for that too.

At 12:39 p.m., January 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's not a person in Pittsburgh who wanted to see the Recchi situation go down the way it did. He's a great player and I think he will continue to be for Atlanta.


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