"They doubted my ability to play. I wanted to go out and do well. For 19 years I've been doing that."
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