Monday, July 7, 2008

Why wouldn't the Lightning sign Mark Recchi?

The Tampa Bay Lightning continued to pile on veteran support on Monday, signing forward Mark Recchi to a one-year, $1.25 million contract that's worth $1.5 million with incentives.

Pittsburgh south indeed. Recchi, Ryan Malone, Gary Roberts, Adam Hall and don't forget Michel Ouellet (how could you)....The Lightning also had ex-Pens Andre Roy and Karl Stewart in their coffers last season, though both are now unrestricted free agents.

That got us to thinking of the breakout 2006-07 Penguins that all those men (except Hall) played for Pittsburgh....8 out of 31 skaters to appear in a Penguin jersey that season--the Tampa four plus Colby Armstrong and Erik Christensen (ATL), Josef Melichar (CAR) and Noah Welch (FLA) will start the season in the Southeast division.

Consider that only 10 skaters from that season--which ended for the Pens only fifteen months ago--are still with the Penguins. They are as you'd imagine, pretty much the core of the team: Crosby, Malkin, Gonchar, Whitney, Staal, Talbot, Scuderi, Orpik, Eaton and Letang.

Like roster turnover? The NHL is the place for you.



1) Tampa certainly has transformed their team in a short time. Only problem is they altered the area that was their strong point, at forward. Their defense/goaltending remain a huge question.

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