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.


85 Responses to Recchi Signs with Pens

  1. cgolding says:

    bag of pucks.

    possibly some sticks as well.

  2. guinsfan4life says:

    Honestly??

    I’d rather have them sign Recchi and Kovie. Those signings in of themselves will generate more talking of hockey around this city, much what it has been like with the passing of the gambling legislation.

    I was listening to ESPN radio this afternoon and I couldn’t believe that I was hearing more penguin talk than Steeler talk and training camp is about three weeks away.

    Don’t forget, the players they have on defense will be better than they were last year. Late season additions such as Ric Jackman, and Martin Srkbak will be with the team for the long haul so the defense should be better.

    Sidney Crosby will not be the next wayne gretzky. There will never be another gretzky. This kid is way too young to even know how he is going to develop.

  3. GretzNYR99 says:

    Very good point.

  4. guinsfan4life says:

    About Beech…

    I heard on the radio a week or so ago from Phil Bourque that he doesn’t know his head from a hole in the ground when he is out on the ice at times. He just doesn’t have the consistency or the drive to want to play at the NHL level.

    Bourque criticized him pretty good for not seeming to want it bad enough.

  5. guinsfan4life says:

    I see what you are saying booty…

    I guess you just never know if Clarke was going to come around and sign him. If a salary cap comes into play, would the Flyers be able to offer him what the penguins did??

    THe penguins are going to be winners before everyone knows it. It might not be this year, or next, but they will be-very soon.

  6. crazzzy says:

    Not even that much. Wasn’t Bobby Clarke saying that the Flyers don’t even need him to score in the playoffs to win? Who the hell doesn’t expect a $10 million forward to score goals in the playoffs?

  7. guinsfan4life says:

    peanuts, a beer, and maybe a bag of pucks.

  8. GretzNYR99 says:

    I think it’s a great signing because it helps the kids have a veteran scorer in the lineup to play with Mario, and takes pressure off the shoulders of kids like Malone to score big. If Kovalev is coming back indeed, this team could do damage, they have the tools. It sort of reminds me of the old 90’s team. Pittsburgh had all the tools upfront, but on the backline, it was just a bunch of steady defenders, and one big name. The only missing thing here is a Larry Murphy like defenseman who can run the show from the back end of the rink. They’ve got the Tommy Barrasso in M.A. Fleury, they’ve got the offensive catalysts in Mario, Recchi, Kovalev (if he’s coming back), Malone, Koltsov (look out for him over the next few years), Brooks Orpik is a great young bruising defensive defenseman, Rob Scuderi (fellow Long Islander) is another good young name on the backline, and Dick Tarnstrom can run a power play. Give this team 5 years and they’ll be a true contender again.

    Also a great signing because I think it will help bring Pittsburgh out of the cellar, which betters the Rangers chances at drafting Sid Crosby. Now lets wait one second before we jump into some cluster***** arguement about how Crosby is or isn’t something. He’s not the next one, I agree. Nor will anyone be that good ever again. But Sidney Crosby is an offensive dynamo who put up huge numbers on a mediocre team at such a young age. Pat LaFontaine couldn’t do with Verdun at 16 years old, Mario couldn’t do it with Laval at 16, and they played on better teams than Crosby did. Crosby made a name out of a kid who’s best season was goals in the 10’s and 36 points in 36 games a year before hand. I think he will most defenitely be a superstar at the NHL level. He doesn’t lack a work ethic like busts such as Pat Falloon, Alex Daigle, and Chris Gratton did throughout their NHL careers. So lets not call him the next Gretzky, and lets not make nothing of him. He’s going to be something. All that hype is created just to market him so the NHL can be put back on track. Look at the NBA, how they marketed the hell out of Lebron James just to get them back on track, and now they are getting there, slowly, but steadily. That’s what Crosby will be like, he’ll put up Superstar Numbers, but he won’t be no next Gretzky, as Lebron James isn’t the next Michael Jordan. Comparisons can be made, surely, but there is no one who can come close to Gretz and MJ.

  9. GretzNYR99 says:

    Exactly, he is talented.

    He will be a superstar, not the next one.

    The NHL is overmarketing him the same way the NBA did to Lebron James to draw people back to the game. I should actually say the Canadian Media is overmarketing him.

  10. GretzNYR99 says:

    I think it’s a great signing because it helps the kids have a veteran scorer in the lineup to play with Mario, and takes pressure off the shoulders of kids like Malone to score big. If Kovalev is coming back indeed, this team could do damage, they have the tools. It sort of reminds me of the old 90’s team. Pittsburgh had all the tools upfront, but on the backline, it was just a bunch of steady defenders, and one big name. The only missing thing here is a Larry Murphy like defenseman who can run the show from the back end of the rink. They’ve got the Tommy Barrasso in M.A. Fleury, they’ve got the offensive catalysts in Mario, Recchi, Kovalev (if he’s coming back), Malone, Koltsov (look out for him over the next few years)

    Also a great signing because I think it will help bring Pittsburgh out of the cellar, which betters the Rangers chances at drafting Sid Crosby. Now lets wait one second before we jump into some cluster***** arguement about how Crosby is or isn’t something. He’s not the next one, I agree. Nor will anyone be that good ever again. But Sidney Crosby is an offensive dynamo who put up huge numbers on a mediocre team at such a young age. Pat LaFontaine couldn’t do with Verdun at 16 years old, Mario couldn’t do it with Laval at 16, and they played on better teams than Crosby did. Crosby made a name out of a kid who’s best season was goals in the 10’s and 36 points in 36 games a year before hand. I think he will most defenitely be a superstar at the NHL level. He doesn’t lack a work ethic like busts such as Pat Falloon, Alex Daigle, and Chris Gratton did throughout their NHL careers. So lets not call him the next Gretzky, and lets not make nothing of him. He’s going to be something. All that hype is created just to market him so the NHL can be put back on track. Look at the NBA, how they marketed the hell out of Lebron James just to get them back on track, and now they are getting there, slowly, but steadily. That’s what Crosby will be like, he’ll put up Superstar Numbers, but he won’t be no next Gretzky, as Lebron James isn’t the next Michael Jordan. Comparisons can be made, surely, but there is no one who can come close to Gretz and MJ.

  11. GretzNYR99 says:

    Sorry, I had two browsers open at once looking at an article on ESPN and writing on here.

  12. big_booty says:

    Bob Clarke is loyal, if anything. To a fault, sometimes.

    There is no reason to believe that he didn’t want Recchi back.

    I happen to think that Recchi wanted to re-up with the Flyers, but the team was just playing the waiting game to see what, in Clarke’s words, “the rules would be.”

    If this were any other year, Recchi would have re-signed in a heartbeat, no questions asked.

    This year, however, he thought that he just couldn’t wait. He could have, though.

    It will be at least four full seasons before the Pens start to look good again, if they keep to their plan.

    By then, Mark Recchi will, in all likelihood, be finished as a player.

    I hope it was worth it.

  13. kicksave856 says:

    Actually, genius, the Philadelphia fans are probably in the top 5 as far as hockey fans go.

    They know the game, they support the team through good times and bad, and they are as passionate as any fans in the world.

    I’m not sure why I am even wasting my time and effort responding to you, I can see no one else here even bothers with any of the drivel you spew. But I’m new, and perhaps I will learn to just tune out the idiotic posts one day, too. Today just isn’t that day.

    I’ve seen some of the other comments you’ve made and I just have to ask: Do you even understand the game of hockey, or are you just here to cause trouble and say ridiculous things and make a fool out of yourself?

    I live in the South Jersey area I’ve been a hockey fan as long as I can really remember. I can tell you for sure that anyone who knows hockey, and especially anyone around here, would think you are a complete moron for saying a player would leave the Philadelphia Flyers because of the fans.

    I would loan you the money to go buy a clue, but I get the feeling that you don’t have the intelligence or motor skills to hold a job. Thusly, I’d never get my money back.

  14. MAniac29 says:

    Nah, Lint, come on buddy, your comments on here made me come out of hiding.

    This signing is NOTHING but good, you are overlooking some key aspects here.

    The financial situation of the Pens. THey need butts in the seats, and there is no doubt about that. Financially the TEAM is in plenty good shape to to sign Recchi because of their thriftiness preparing for the new CBA, but as a whole, the equity of the franchise is seriously struggling. I am sure you know this, but realize that Recchi puts a recognizable name out there for the Pens fans that were on the fringe last year, and maybe even some that have stopped watching. The support of the city to save the franchise and keep them in Pittsburgh is not good right now. they need all the fan support they can get, and this should help. The potential for renewed fan spirit alone makes this signing worth the money. Additionally, in your original post, you said it was bad because they are throwing away a shot at Crosby, but then you went on to criticize the D and say what you were saying was that they needed a steady Dman more than Recchi, and what’s the difference, they’ll go from losing 8-0 to 6-3. Well if that last part is true, then they haven’t done a thing to hurt their Crosby chances, and the point of making the losing 8-0 or 6-3 comment I am assuming was saying that the money would be wasted in that case, but this signing isn’t inflating their payroll too much, it’s still rock bottom low. So if they will only score more goals, but still lose, then the Crosby argument is out. They need a Dman more so? I don’t think so. First of all, the comparison of Komisarek to Orpik is out. Orpik has nearly a full season under his belt where he didn’t merit demotion in his play. That’s a big difference for a young Dman. Orpik played with Bergevin a lot last year, and Bergy mentored Brooks a lot off the ice as well. You look at the team, and the starting 6 next season will probalby be, Orpik, Whitney, Tarnstrom, Jackman, Melichar, . Of those guys, Whitney is the only player that it could be argued isn’t ready, but he had a phenomenal AHL playoff display after not playing for weeks after BU’s season ended. All those other guys are NHL’ers, whether first, second, third, Dmen, etc. is pretty irrelevent. Those are the guys the Pens will have on the blueline for the next 5 years at least, Orpik and Whitney hopefully for 10. They are ready now, and any Defensive signing, just hinders the development process, as they are all at the point where it is NHL time. On the other hand, the offense is much less set. There are plenty of guys who are young (hopefully) core guys, but there are a lot of question marks surrounding a true first line offensive talent in the Pens system (minus Malone and Malkin). Some of the guys on offense are at that same stage, where the NHL is next, but they are much less “core” parts of the future at this point, and much less of a sure thing than guys like Orpik and Whitney. Sim, Mckenna, Wilson were all let go, and that opens up 3 spots, the loss of Kostopolous opens another, so Recchi is not stealing time from anyone.

    The mentor status cannot be overlooked either. These young guys need a guy like recchi to develop right. Do you risk the development of 5 or 6 fowards for a shot at THE POSSIBILITY of a future stud in Crosby? Nah. Not in my book, not in a city that needs the guys that are here now to work out, not for a team who is going to need a lot of help already to stay in the city. They didn’t get the help in the draft lottery this year, why bank on it next season? Forget the fact that Crosby is in the draft, and do it right. That’s just what the Pens are doing by signing Recchi. I know you like the Pens, and the comment is not strictly directed at Lint, just a lot of your comments insipired my response. LET’S GO PENS!

  15. MAniac29 says:

    I forgot to list Scuderi on the list of Dmen, and after reading more of your comments Lint, don’t take it so much as a personal comment, but more just my two cents on the subject…

    peace

  16. kicksave856 says:

    As Flyers fans, it has been mind-boggling to everyone in the Delaware Valley ever since we first found out that Recchi was going to sign elsewhere.

    In the past, he’s said publicly (and on numerous occasions) that he wanted to end his career with the Flyers. The team has treated him well, and he’s been a great player for the Flyers during both of his stints with the team.

    He has always been generally thought of as a good smart hockey player who really cares about the game, who really wants to win, and who works hard at it. Now, to see him be willing and eager to leave a team that was one win from reaching the Stanley Cup Finals (and after all of the mountain climbing that it has taken to get this far!) in order to join a team that is 80-something wins from the Finals is really pretty disheartening. It makes you wonder how much he really cared about winning in the first place.

    One of the more popular rumors that I had heard was that he was angry that the Flyers weren’t willing to offer him a new contract before the market is set and before anyone can get an idea of what a new salary cap number might be. Of course, no one knows how true or untrue this rumor really is, but if that’s the reason that he wanted out of here, that’s really unsettling info to learn about the inner workings of Mark Recchi. If he had just not stomped his feet and cried, if he had just waited like so many other players understand they may have to do right now, he would have gotten at least that same contract from the Flyers (that’s what we’re all hearing, anyway). It just sounds so unlike the Mark Recchi that we thought we knew.

    It seems that if he just would have sat tight for a bit, he would have gotten the contract that he wanted, he would be playing for a contender, and he would be finishing his career as a Philadelphia Flyer.

    Mark Recchi can apparently really hold a grudge, even if it’s completely near-sighted, irrational, and career/life-altering.

  17. big_booty says:

    I don’t doubt that he’s going to put some fans back in the seats.

    But how many?

    It’s impossible to say how attendance will be affected by a single player, especially in a blue-collar town like Pittsburgh where the great majority of the population prefers to save their money and watch the games on TV rather than fork over their hard-earned dollars to Mario Lemieux.

    Is the increase in gross ticket revenue going to be enough to pay Mark Recchi his $3 million?

    Nope.

  18. big_booty says:

    Would you rather pay $4 million for Patrice Brisebois or $4 million for Kim Johnsson AND Kyle McLaren?

  19. dudemar says:

    I’m not trying to tear up anyones posts, for the most parts I understood everyones opinions and may have even been swayed from my opinions by some of them, but honestly….who cares why Recchi left the Flyers. I’ve never known Recchi to be a whiner about anything and I’m not going to start believe that of him now. Everyone says that he should’ve waited like the Flyers wanted him to and that “the inner workings of Mark Recchi” blah blah blah….maybe he knew something we don’t? I don’t think that’s hard to believe…..and what if the Flyers decided that there was no place for him after all was said and done with the new cba? I don’t know, just wanted to get that off my chest.

  20. Bishop7979 says:

    There are so many people bashing Recchi for his move from the flyers to the pens. I keep reading lines about how he is selfish, impatient, doesnt care about winning, that he was all about the money ect ect

    What people seem to foget is that this guy doesnt really have anything left to prove. he won his cup (in pittsburgh) he has gone to 7 all star games, he’s basically waiting for his induction into the hall of fame. Its not like he’s andyerchuk or Borque or anything.

    He wanted to finish his career somewhere where he and his family feel comfortable, were he and his family feel at home and can be happy. He took a pay cut to come back to pittsburgh, a city he lives in every off season, a city where his wife was born, where he was married and where he still has family and friends.

    that being said

    The flyers dicked him over, this is true. they let their leading scorer, team MVP go unsigned. After the flyers resigned their checking line center, clarke publicly stated that zhamnov, a player who has never put up great numbers in the regular season, and who cooled off quickly in the second round, and who had been a flyer for all of 3 months, was his next priority.

    so you know what? I dont blame him for leaving. I would too. But give the guy credit. he could have signed elsewhere, He could have waited, I’m sure colorado, or detroit or the leafs would have made him an offer. maybe even montreal, or Boston some team that is closer to a playoff spot. Hell he might have even gotten more money. but he took the route that was best for him and his family.

    ANd you know what? He’s going to do everything that he can to help his team win, if that means he plays top line minutes and scores goals then he will. If that means he plays third line minutes and kills penalties and plays on the PP he will. he;s a team first kinda guy, the kind of guy you want the young players learning from. and if nothing else, the pens are drowning in young players.

  21. Lint07 says:

    I’m pretty much sure you knew what I wanted to say with th 8-0/6-3 thing, but I’ll explain it further anyways… Of course they won’t necesserally lose all of their games, and some games they lost 4-3, they might get a tie instead with the addition of Recchi or who knows maybe a win.

    Let’s say the Recchi signing brings you 5 more wins than last year, which isn’t that far fetched, it means 10 more points than last year which basically throw away your chance at the #1 pick. You won’t see the Caps make a big splash at the UFA’s this summer, why would they? Nobody expect them to win next year anyways, but if they manage to get Ovechkin AND Crosby, wow that franchise might turn around even faster than Pittsburgh!

    The latest rumor is that Kovalev will be a Pens at the end of the week, so we’ll see how they manage if he do sign… But I still doubt the Pens will squeak into the playoffs next season, with or without Kovalev. These two signings sound more like crowd pleasers to me than anything else.

    Hey, if my comments alone made you come back then I’m glad I made them. It’s always nice to see you around!

  22. crazzzy says:

    Yeah, because look how Atlanta is dominating the NHL with Kovalchuk, Heatly, and Stefan (two #1 overall, and one #2). It’s sure going great for them.

    Note the dripping sarcasm.

    But seriously, even if the Caps finish last, chances are they’ll lose the draft (like the last 6 to finish last have) and not get him.

  23. crazzzy says:

    I don’t really understand the Flyers fans saying Pittsburgh will suck for years to come, and even more that the Flyers are great and contenders for the cup again. These both couldn’t be farther from the truth.

    Two things…

    First: positioning for a new CBA.

    While Pittsburgh spent the past two seasons looking ahead to the new season, dumping Jagr, Kovalev, and Straka, and letting Kasparitis and Lang go in free agency, everybody said the franchise sucked and was dead. They forgot the previous 10 playoff years, 2 cups, and best offense in the league for a decade. They, along with a few other teams, were just positioning themselves for the new CBA. And they have done that better than ANY team in the NHL. They’ve signed Recchi, are close to signing Kovalev, and still in the running for Zhamnov. This team could look like the 2000-2001 team that led the league in scoring (after Mario came back), that only had 5 good players. Mario-Jagr-nobody, and Straka-Lang-Kovalev. Plus they have Dick Tarnstrom, who was voted best defenseman at the recent World Championship. They bottomed out this year, and have nowhere to go but up…

    The Flyers are the opposite. If there is a hard cap, they’re screwed. They let Recchi walk, offered an average contract to Zhamnov, who will sign somewhere else, and are overpaying Amonte and Leclaire. Rumors are flying about the need to possibly buy out Leclaire and Amonte. They could then leave too. Suddenly 4 players from your two great lines are gone. They would’ve only gotten older to begin with, but now the Flyer’s supposedly great team is gone. They have nowhere to go but down.

    Second: youth.

    The Penguins now have, as opposed to that 2000-2001 season, great youth in the organization. No longer is kraft the best prospect (even though he finally came into his own this season). Malone is a future Leclair-like power forward with incredible hands. Malkin will be in the organization after one more season in Russia (and won’t cost $2 million to get like Ovechkin, because his contract has a clause allowing him to opt out). The defense is stacked. Orpik is a bruiser. Ryan Whitney will be there in a year, and make it in the NHL. Just like Orpik, a young defenseman that can make it in the NHL is a future big name. They have Fleury, the future of the organization, and Caron and Chiodo as a great young goaltending core. Their future has no less than 5 potential franchise-players…

    Fleury, has been compared to Roy and Brodeur.

    Malkin, has been compared to Francis.

    Malone, hass been compared to Leclair (back when he could actually score!)

    Orpik, has been compared to Scott Stevens.

    and Whitney, compared to Lidstrom (great, solid D man, that won’t make the highlight reels, but could lead a great defense core).

    The Flyers…traded Justin Williams, their best young player, for a shot at one cup….which once again they didn’t get.

    Looking at the past 15 years (minus the last 2), the present, and definitely the future of these two clubs, I’d take the Penguins without a second thought. How many cups did Lindros (such a great trade for Forsberg!), Recchi, and Leclair win with the Flyers??

    No, this team will be great, with no question in 4-5 years. A couple more signings this offseason, and they’ll be very good for the few years leading to then.

    And think of this as two potential lines next year…

    Lemieux-Kovalev-Morozov (led the league in scoring two years ago)

    Malone-Zhamnov-Recchi

    Doesn’t look like such a bad team next year to me…

  24. Flyers_01 says:

    Let’s get a grip with the “recchi was screwed over” deal. Recchi has been a great player for the Flyers but he is reaching the end of his career. If he put’

    s up 75 points a year for the next 3 years the Pens made a great investment but historically careers are winding down about this time. The pens signed Recchi to put buts in the seats much the same way the Rangers signed Messier for his second stint for the star factor even though he hurt the team immensely. I’m not suggesting Recchi is going to hurt the Penguins but I don’t expect the same production out of him.

    The Flyers signed Primeau because he was younger and the Leader of the Flyers in every sense in the playoffs. As much as I love Recchi Primeau was the right person to sign first.

    Recchi was more of a gamble for the Flyers, not because of his heart but because of the probability of his on ice production decreasing and the salary considerations the Flyers have. That’s why they chose to wait. They told him they wanted to resign him if they could but hadn’t offered him yet so there shouldn’t be any hard feelings on either side.

  25. Flyers_01 says:

    Ok Crazzy .. maybe I’ll eat my words on this but you are crazy. The Pens are going to sign Kovalev and Zhamnov also? I’d say what about signing all these young players that you are so high on.

    And, oh yea, you might to sign Mario to a contract also with some of this money you say the pens have budgetted. I mean Mario isn’t going to take league minimum. Currently all the pens can ice are one line with the people they have under contract but noone talks about that.

    Pens RFAs : Ramzi Abid, Kris Beech, Matt Bradley, Shane Endicott, Rico Fata, Matt Hussey, Ric Jackman, David Koci, Milan Kraft, Guillaume Lefebvre, Ross Lupaschuk, Aleksey Morozov, Matt Murley, Brooks Orpik, Lasse Pirjeta, Darcy Robinson, Michal Sivek, Tomas Surovy.

    PEns UFAs : Kelly Buchberger, Mario Lemieux, Reid Simpson. Group VI – Patrick Boileau, Martin Brochu, Tom Kostopoulos, Eric Meloche, Alain Nasreddine.

    You are also a product of rampant blindness towards their players. You assume that every good prospect is going to be a superstar. Not only will they all be superstars they will all still be on the pens. First off the odds against all of them being superstars are good, alot of prospects look good but many of them don’t fulfill their potential. Secondly, if, heaven forbid, they all do turn out to be superstars, no team could afford all of them.

    The Flyers aren’t as bad off as you make them out to be. They are getting younger and are positioning themselves for the Salary cap. I’m looking forward to seeing some of the young guys on the team in the next few years. The Flyers offense may be down next year but they return a tremendous defensive team and will not have any problem making the playoffs.

  26. kicksave856 says:

    You completely missed the point, but that’s ok. Opinions are what what these things are for.

  27. kicksave856 says:

    Well said.

    You write a comment on this site, and people who are fans of certain teams automatically think you are “ripping” their team.

    Hey, I’m no Penguin basher. The line about being “80-something games from the cup finals” was meant to be a bit humorous.

    As far as the Flyers going downhill and the Pens heading in the other direction, what would you expect? The Flyers can’t almost get to the Finals every year and the Pens can’t continue to be that bad.

    I do ask that you keep in mind that the Flyers have been competitive for years and years. No matter what the new CBA has in store, this is a team that will try to stay competitive, they always do.

    As far as trading a good young player in an effort to win the cup last year, I hate to sound like I’m being a jerk, but THAT’S WHAT GOOD TEAMS DO. Perhaps if your team was in a position to contend, you would know that. To rip a team for making a trade to try to win the Cup is ridiculous. All it really means is that the Flyers were in a good position to go deep in the playoffs and they knew it. Besides, Williams hadn’t scored a goal in something like 25 games when he was traded. No one wanted to see him go, but if there ever was a case for a “change of scenery” trade, this was it.

    Like I’ve said before, this kind of site is here for people to let their opinions be known, and I appreciate the opinions that Crazzy has, regardless. Everyone is entitled to their opinion.

  28. SabresAreCool says:

    Good signing by Pittsburgh. Hopefully this will put some more fans in the seats, and help to keep the team in pittsburgh, instead of moving to the south where no one knows shit about hockey.

    But, Pittsburgh will suck again this year and you people who think they will make the playoffs are just dreaming

  29. guinsfan4life says:

    I don’t agree with your prognosis of the penguins, and Recchi probably doesn’t either.

    Look at it this way, he led the Flyers in scoring last year and wasn’t even a priority to resign above other players you guys did who didn’t even play with the team last year…

    So perhaps he felt like the team wasn’t showing him any respect or loyalty?? I mean I know if a guy leads my team in scoring by a wide margin, I am not going to allow him to walk without making him my first priority to sign.

    I think that is Recchi’s take on the whole situation. And I think that it probably pissed him off because of all he has done for that organization.

    Honestly, if the Flyers, after you led them in scoring the whole season didn’t offer you a contract a couple weeks after or before the free agency period, you’d wait to resign?? I would take that as an insult.

  30. poulin20 says:

    If somebody throws in the sticks, they will have to take Peter White, too.

  31. poulin20 says:

    If somebody throws in the sticks, they will have to take Peter White, too.

  32. poulin20 says:

    If somebody throws in the sticks, they will have to take Peter White, too.

  33. joeanistranski says:

    i think this is a great signing…if mario can play the whole season whenever the next season is, recchi and mario will do a great job leading a team of young players

    **PS to pens fans…i found a collection of old ice time magazines that i put on ebay for anyone that collects pens merchandise…one of the ones i found is the one from the night mario made his comeback in case anyone is interested**

  34. TrojanMan says:

    sooo, what youre saying is the entire last season was a waste and didnt help any of our young guns start towards reaching their potential? losing 4-3 games to getting ties…??? Thats a pretty sad comment. Youre basing your opinion on one signing not on the potential of the TEAM, and if theres one thing hockey has proven, its a PURELY team oriented sport…

    Kovalev, recchi, lemieux, morozov, malone and kraft filling out 2 scoring lines… plus an overhauled defense corpse that CAN do the job… I see at the very least, them competing for a playoff spot. crowd pleasers or not, kovalev & Lemieux were MONEY when they played together 2 yrs ago…

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