BOSTON — Winger Mark Recchi, acquired today by the Boston Bruins from the Tampa Bay Lightning, has already won two Stanley Cups.
But just like fellow Cup-winning Bruins Aaron Ward, Shawn Thornton and Stephane Yelle, don’t expect him to be complacent upon joining the top team in the Eastern Conference.
“It means everything to me. That’s what 99 percent of the hockey players play for is to win a Stanley Cup,” said Recchi on a conference call after he was acquired along with a second-round pick in 2010 for Matt Lashoff and Martins Karsums. “And to get into the playoffs and get that opportunity again, it’s remarkable, especially the way the year’s gone here and not knowing what was going to happen. To get picked up by a first-place team really is nice and comforting that it’s a team that thinks I can help. And I’m going to go try to do everything I can to do that.”
A veteran of nearly 1,500 NHL games, the left-shooting Recchi knew he was probably going to be jettisoned by also-ran Tampa before today’s 3 p.m. deadline. He just didn’t know where to. He said he’ll be “honored” to wear the black and gold sweater for at least the rest of this year, and possibly for a lengthy postseason run. Just last week, he found out firsthand just how tough the current Bruins team is during a surprising Tampa Bay one-goal win over Boston.
“I think they’re very close. I think they’re one of the hardest teams to play against in the league,” said, who said he can play both left and right wing. “They’ve got good leadership, they’ve got good size, they skate well. So I’m extremely excited to be able to join them and try to add some leadership.”
At 41, Recchi might be on his farewell tour. While he didn’t commit to any finales, he did say this when asked about his future by NESN: “If we win the Stanley Cup, it’ll be see you later. I can tell you that. It would be a dream to walk away from the game as a winner.”