Boston Bruins' Mark Recchi Is Symbol of Consistency

Joe GillCorrespondent IIMarch 28, 2010

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 07:  Mark Recchi #28 of the Boston Bruins handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena on March 7, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Penguins defeated the Bruins 2-1.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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The Bruins made a deadline deal last March to bring gritty Mark Recchi in for the playoff run. Boston also received Tampa’s second-round choice in 2010 in exchange for defenseman Matt Lashoff and forward Martins Karsums.

The trade was perceived as a rental because of Recchi’s age. There was no guarantee that he would come back for another year of hockey at the age of 41.

Recchi performed admirably at the end of the 2008-2009 season. In just 18 games, he potted 10 goals and added six assists.

No too shabby for a grey beard.

Mark Recchi, a weathered playoff veteran, performed as expected, posting three goals and three assists in 11 postseason games.

He knows how to win and his resume speaks for itself. Recchi won a Stanley Cup with the Mario Lemeiux-led Pittsburgh Penguins in ’90-’91. During that playoff run, he scored 10 goals and added 24 assists.

He bounced around the league before winning another Stanley Cup with the upstart Carolina Hurricanes during the 2005-2006 season. He proved to be a great deadline acquisition for Carolina as well when he was acquired from Pittsburgh.

Recchi had just seven points in 20 regular season games with Carolina. However, “Recchs” lives for the pressure that comes with the playoffs. He had 16 points in 25 games, as the former “Whale” won their first championship in franchise history.

The Bruins knew that they were getting a gritty, tenacious player even at the ripe old age of 41. The move gave Boston depth and veteran leadership with postseason success.

Some players just know how to win and know what it takes to reach the pinnacle.

Mark Recchi is one of those players.

However, Boston fell short of their Stanley Cup dreams by losing a heart-breaker to Carolina in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference semi-finals.

During the offseason, Boston lost a lot of their veteran leadership. PJ Axelsson, Aaron Ward, and Stephane Yelle departed the club.

Bringing Recchi back was a must for Bruins management. He enjoyed his time so much in Boston that he signed on for the 2009-2010 season.

His signing turned out to be one of the best dollar-to-performance transactions this season.

While big contract players such as Milan Lucic, Tim Thomas, Dennis Wideman, and Michael Ryder have underperformed for the most of the season, Recchi has been a symbol of consistency.

For a team that has lost focus and has been questioned about their passion, Mark Recchi has given his all, all of the time, on and off the ice.

After Marc Savard was injured by the gutless Matt Cooke, NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell attended the Bruins-Pittsburgh game. He wanted to address both teams and warn them not to make this game a bloodbath.

Mark Recchi responded to Campbell’s request: “We don’t want him in our locker room.”

When there was a lack of response on the ice, Recchi showed some off it.

However, Recchi does his talking on the ice. Currently, he is the team’s third leading scorer behind Bergeron and Krejci with 40 points in 74 games.  

He has played every game this season.

He mucks it up in front of the crease with no regard for his aged body.

He is your prototypical Boston Bruin.

Recchi could have played with the Big Bad Bruins or the "Lunch Pail Gang" of the 1970s. He is a blue collar “plumber” that Boston Bruins fans can relate to. He gets his assignment and does his job.

In a year of frustration, Recchi has become the standard by which all Bruins players are measured.

“Why don’t the other players get in the crease like Recchi?”

“Why can’t the other players stay healthy like the 42-year-old Recchi?”

“Do the other players have the same passion for the game as Recchi?”

If all the Bruins players played with the energy, passion, and tenacity that Mark Recchi does, Boston would be vying for Lord Stanley’s Cup every year.

Thanks to Mark Recchi for playing for the spoked 'B' on the front of his jersey and not the name on the back!