This past Monday was Mark Recchi Bobblehead Night in Pittsburgh—a freebie for fans. Less then 24 hours later, the Penguins put Recchi on waivers—another freebie of sorts.
The 39 year old has just eight points so far this season and isn't the Mark Recchi of old. While no one was expecting him to be his old self, they were expecting him to produce something. He has been a healthy scratch in seven of the last eight games and that trend would probably continue.
Recchi is a solid veteran with years of experience and can probably still put up a handful of points for any team. He has three Stanley Cup rings (two with the Penguins, one with Carolina) and more than 500 goals and 1,300 points, averaging just under one point per game in his career. Through 19 seasons Recchi has only had less then 20 goals twice (including the 94-95 shortened season).
The only reason for any team to not try and pick him up is his $1.75 million contract. Most teams may just wait until the Penguins put him through re-entry waivers to claim him, as it would only cost the team half the salary for the remainder of the season.
UPDATE: Wednesday December 5th, 2007: Mark Recchi has cleared waivers, despite rumours of teams showing interest in him. I would expect the Penguins to send him down to the AHL for the minimum amount of games before calling him back up through re-entry waivers, before a team would claim him.