Recchi Signs with Pens

This has been a long time comming. Mark Recchi has agreed to a multi year deal.Recchi had said he was deciding between Phoenix and Pittsburgh.(Teams owned by Gretzkty and Lemieux.) Here is what sportsnet had to say.

Mario Lemieux will be happy to have his former teammate back in the black and gold.

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with free agent right wing Mark Recchi on a multi-year contract.

In accordance with club policy terms of the contract were not released.

Recchi, 36, a 16-year NHL veteran, led the Philadelphia Flyers in goals, assists and points during the 2003-04 season, recording 75 points (26+49) while playing in all 82 games. He has scored 20 or more goals in each of the last five seasons and in eight of the last nine seasons and has scored 25 or more goals in a season 11 times in his career.

Recchi ranks in the top ten in Flyers’ history in goals (tied 10th), assists (6th) and points (8th).

A veteran of 1,173 career games, Recchi has recorded 1,201 points (456+745) and 780 penalty minutes with the Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens. His 570 consecutive regular season games played streak (10/4/91-12/11/98) is the eighth longest streak in NHL history.

A seven-time NHL All-Star, Recchi began his career with the Penguins, playing in 225 games from 1988-1992, recording 252 points (104+148) and 170 penalty minutes. He led the Penguins in scoring during the 1990-91 regular season, recording 113 points (40+73) in 78 games. In 24 playoff games that year, Recchi recorded 34 points (10+24) helping the Penguins to their first Stanley Cup Championship.

Recchi was traded by the Penguins to Philadelphia on February 19, 1992 with Brian Benning and a first round draft choice in exchange for Rick Tocchet, Kjell Samuelsson and Ken Wregget. He played in parts of four seasons with the Flyers (1992-1995), setting career highs in goals (53) and points (123) during the 1992-93 season. After a 40-goal season in 1993-94, Recchi was traded by Philadelphia to Montreal on February 9, 1995 with a third round draft choice in exchange for John LeClair, Eric Desjardins and Gilbert Dionne.

In parts of five seasons with the Canadiens (1995-1999), Recchi eclipsed the 25-goal mark three times. He was traded back to Philadelphia on March 10, 1999 in exchange for Dainius Zubrus, a second round draft choice and a sixth round draft choice.

In five-plus seasons with the Flyers (1999-2004), Recchi scored 20 or more goals in a season five times and played in 79 or more games four times in five seasons.

The 5-10 and 190 pound native of Kamloops, British Columbia was drafted by the Penguins in the fourth round (67th overall) of the 1988 Entry Draft.

NOTE: This doesn’t put the Pens any higher in my rankings because I assumed he would go to the Pens and that is what it is based on.