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Last Thursday, Mark Recchi, who joined the Bruins on March 4 as the result of a midseason trade, re-signed with Boston, coming to terms on an incredibly cap-friendly one-year $1 million extension. Recchi, who says this will be his final season, will return to the Bruins with not only 545 career regular season goals and 897 assists, but also with big expectations.
“I want to go out and finish it off right by winning another championship and help this team be successful,” Recchi, who has already won two Stanley Cups, said on a conference call. “I’d say this will probably be it. I’ve got my family situation I’ve got to consider and kids I’ve got to consider. It’s been a great run. I think I want to give it one more chance.’’
Acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 2010 second-round draft pick in exchange for Matt Lashoff and Martins Karsums, Recchi found his niche playing alongside Patrice Bergeron and Chuck Kobasew. He scored ten goals in the 18 regular season games for which he wore a Bruins jersey. In the playoffs, which were unexpectedly cut short when the B’s were upset in the second-round by the Carolina Hurricanes (with whom Recchi won a Stanley Cup), Recchi contributed three goals to the cause, despite suffering from a kidney stone.
When playoffs ended, Recchi immediately let the Bruins know of his desire to stay in Boston for his final year, showing his belief that the team is in the perfect position for a Cup run.
“I really like the pieces that are there,’’ said Recchi. “Winning the Stanley Cup is not an easy thing. You want to give yourself every opportunity. I felt Boston was a great fit for me. We have the opportunity, if we do all the right things as players, to continue to grow as a team. I think everybody left pretty disappointed, which I really, really liked. Guys felt we left something out there. Guys will be that much more hungry this year.’’
Once the free agency period opened on July 1, negotiations began, and, a day later, the deal was signed. Peter Chiarelli, the Bruins general manager, has made it clear how excited he is to have the veteran for another year.
“We’re thrilled to have him back,” Chiarelli said to the press. “He plays hard. He has the two Stanley Cup rings. And the one big thing, for our guys to see him play hurt – to be on the training table with an IV stuck in his arm and then play – I know that opened a lot of eyes for some of our young guys.’’
Hopefully the newly opened eyes of the younger guys are set on the Stanley Cup, just like Mark Recchi’s are.