Mark Recchi. What would you give up for him?

After being the third leading scorer on the Penguins last season with 68 points, Recchi, with just 8 points in 19 games and a -2 rating (having scored only 2 goals, and only one since the opening night), has seen a massive collapse in offense, resulting in his being a healthy scratch for the past 5 straight games.
There are lots of rumours of him going to the Blue Jackets (which I doubt), the Canucks (which I hope) and a few others.

My question is, at $1.75 million, what would you reasonably give up for him, assuming (maybe naively) that you would want him?

From the 4th Period:

Having been scratched [five] of the Penguins’ last [six] games, veteran winger Mark Recchi expects to be traded, reports the Vancouver Province.

According to the paper, scouts of the Columbus Blue Jackets have recently followed Recchi, who is earning $1.75 million and will be become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

Recchi, 39, played for Blue Jackets head coach Ken at the WHL (Kamloops) and NHL (Philadelphia) levels.

Another possibly destination for the veteran right wing is the Canucks, however the paper notes his age may play a factor.

The Canucks have roughly $2.7 million of available cap space and may not want to use their available funds until closer to the trade deadline.”

Spector has reason to doubt Recchi will go to the Blue Jackets, and I’ve rarely seen Spector wrong on anything, so I’ll side with him there, though I’d still love to try to steal Zherdev and try him out with Malkin. Naturally, it would take more than Recchi to steal Zherdev.

So what would you give up?
How about it Leafs fans? Hell we’ll throw Roberts in the deal (only 1 goal this season) too to spark your interest.

23 Responses to Mark Recchi. What would you give up for him?

  1. habswinthecup-again says:

     At the very most, a 5th rounder and then only if I expect to finish in the top 10 in the league.

  2. KingCanada says:

    "assuming (maybe naively) that you would want him?" hahaha well put

    Yea there isnt going to be much of a market for a 39 year old who is less then 0.5 points per game and only 2 goals to show for it.  He is also expensive at 1.75 for the output and value he has right now.

    I doubt he attracts more then a 4th round pick.  No offense but the guy is washed up.  I can see a young team looking to make the playoffs and maybe trading for his leadership skills but that is about the only value he has.  With that said i think Colombus is a better fit then Vancouver.

    Foote, Federov, Modin, Peca and Recchi would be a good group of veteran leadership for their young and relatively inexperienced team IMO.

  3. DeathCab says:

    I wouldn't even be willing to give up the cap space he would take.  He's on waivers now, and it'll be interesting to see if anyone takes him.

    My guess is he clears waivers, but is claimed on re-entry waivers, since then the other team is only stuck paying half his salary.

  4. MtlHabs09 says:

    I'd give nothing for him. Oh wait, he's on waivers… I can do that now. But I'd wait for re-entry, then get him. He should retire.

  5. leafy says:

    He's practically worthless right now.  He'd best be advised to retire, lest he makes a mockery of his own great career.

  6. UsedandAbused says:

    I love Recchi but he is needs to retire.

  7. Labrosse says:

    at least that put an end to the stupid halak for recchi rumors

  8. 29_other_teams says:

    Well put! Thought I doubt if they (Pens) even get a 4th rounder. His salary 1.75 is high for a 39 year old has been vet who has only 2 goals this year to show for. But you're right; Columbus would probably be the right fit!

  9. habsoverserver says:

    what were the pens thinking when they signed him in the first place?   during the offseason, many pens fans pointed out that recchi could no longer score at even strength, despite having the best player in the league as his linemate. 

    recchi would not have been signed for $1.75mil by anyone.  though he is a futire hall of famer with over  500 goals and 2 cups, he is worth league minimum at this moment and even at that price, many teams would pass on him.

    the pens really took a step backwards in team development by staying with recchi and roberts instead trading for an affordable second line sniper.  

  10. neilios says:

    Well its been reported from that Linden is done in Vancouver and the organization don't know what to do with him maybe trade Linden and Miller to the Pens for Recchi.But I don't know Linden and Recchi are the same type players now there old and washed up but maybe change of scenery would help both players out and plus the Pens can use a Dman like Miller if they wanna make any type of playoff push and for salary purposes.

  11. habswinthecup-again says:

     I wouldn't trade Linden straight up for Recchi, much less throw in Miller. I don't know how much leadership qualities Recchi has (well I do know but I was being nice) but Linden has a ton and Miller has some as well so if I am Vancouver I play these guys every now and then and then come the deadline they should be able to get a decent return for them.

  12. Duecey says:

    At this point in his career the only team I can picture giving up anything for him would be the canes.

  13. CDyer says:

    There is likely some team saying to Pittsburgh that they will pick him up off re-entry… Hence the putting him on Waivers. It will likely be a team he has played for in the past or has some ties to. The salary cap has really put an end to seeing players give a final run and we are starting to see more and more players just not being able to make the cut anymore. IE Joe Nieuwendyk, John Leclair, Wes Walz, Dave Andreychuk, etc. Then they retire partway through the season. Never nice to see.

  14. prayin-for-the-wce says:

    You seem to forget who your talking to.  Recchi will fetch close to nothing now.  His salary, age, and production will dictate that.  If Vancouver has been scratching Linden the last 5 games and has said that they would rather have the younger guys play, WHY ON EARTH would they want recchi now?  Linden for Recchi, would be so stupid on so many levels.  Aarron Miller will fetch a lot more than recchi come trade deadline when teams are longer for that extra defensive help.  At least Miller is solid in his zone and you kno what your getting when u sign him.

  15. prayin-for-the-wce says:

    Nelios is our Hockey insider, he sits rite between kelly hrudy and nick kypreos and has about the same amount of knowledge as well.

  16. BruMagnus says:

    Agreed. Someone will snatch him up on re-entry waivers.

  17. BruMagnus says:

    Agreed. The Pens really dropped the bomb in my opinion with a couple things.

    1) most importantly, the Pens have (had) a very narrow window of opportunity where all their superstars are on entry-level contracts. the fact that the team self-imposed a cap limit is preposterous. they should have asked Mario to lend them whatever they need and make a true run at the Cup.

    2) signing Sydor, as everyone on here can attest, was an atrocious move by Shero.  $5 mil for 2 years of his benchable services is a disgrace. I still like the cheap Sykora signing.

    3) Roberts and Recchi, though providing leadership, eat up nearly $4 million that added with Sykora, could have landed an ELITE winger for Crosby, even sans-Sykora, the Pens had plenty of Cap Space, and still will next summer, to go after, oh, let's say Marian Hossa.

    Lastly, I do have to re-point out that though I thought Recchi was done last year, he did put up 68 points and was the Pens 3rd leading scorer, so giving him another year didn't seem so bad, though his end of year skid last year should have been evidence of his degradation.

    On a final note, Gary Roberts was magical in the playoffs last year. He's taking it easy during the year, and is, naturally, partially injured. When the Pens make the playoffs, if Gary is healthy, you'll see why they signed him.

  18. habsrock99 says:

    Nieuwendyk retired because of his back, not because he was playing terribly because of age. He had 5 goals and 8 points in the 15 games he played and was on pace for 27 goals and 16 assists for 43 points, which was about the norm for him at the time. Then his back gve out and he decided to retire.

  19. bleeds_blue_n_white says:

    I would give him a free Jersey and he could play for my Beer League Team.

    Other than that, nothing. Not even pick him up off waivers.

    That is why we are not running the Leafs. Every Leaf GM over the past 2 decades would jump at adding yet another over the hill vet. Let's hope JFJ is not that dumb….

  20. neilios says:

    Stars or Sharks will sign him.Thats been reported by Bob MacKenzie of TSNs Hockey Insider.

  21. BruMagnus says:

    I cannot visualize him in a Stars uniform, though Sharks perhaps, playing with JR… hahaha

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