VANCOUVER — Considering what he’s meant to the Bruins on and off the ice since he arrived in the second half of the 2008-09 season, no one wants to see Mark Recchi ride off into the sunset.
But that’s just what the future Hall-of-Famer is going to do should the Bruins prevail in tonight’s Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Arena.
Recchi announced months ago that if the Bruins won the Cup, he would retire after 22 seasons in the NHL.
Winger Milan Lucic is one of the players Recchi has impacted the most.
“As a teammate of his, there’ll be no better way to send him than winning this with him,” said the power forward some seven hours prior to the Bruins-Canucks ultimate showdown.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien has also benefited from having the wisdom of a 43-year-old, two-time Cup winner on his roster. He knows the stakes for Recchi and also wants nothing more than for the player’s dedication to the game to be rewarded.
“Well I guess that’ll be his choice once it’s all said and done. And I know he’s expressed the fact that if we win the Stanley Cup, he’s done,” said Julien. “Not because I want him to retire but I’d like to see him win another Stanley Cup. He’s been great for us. We can’t say enough.
“We’ve talked about him all year and maybe his speed isn’t where it might have been at some point, but his experience has certainly made up for that. He’s contributed in a lot of different ways and scored some big goals and obviously made some big plays at opportune times. He’s a guy that shows up every game no matter what the situation is.”