Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Wednesday Roundup

I'm short on time this morning (potato latke hangover?), so let's get right to our question of the day - the Pens have put Mark Recchi on waivers. Are you interested? On the plus side, he's a right wing on a one-year deal (he's owed a bit more than $1 million for the rest of this season) who brings a bit of grit and a ton of leadership along with any skill he might have left (he did have 24 goals and 68 points last year), and could fetch something in return at the trade deadline. On the minus side, he'll be 40 on February 1 and seems to be slowing down. And, of course, the Caps haven't exactly had great luck employing former Penguins. My vote is no (Tomas Fleischmann's vote is a big no), but what do you guys think?

Elsewhere 'Round the Rinks:

Fleischmann and Jeff Schultz will coach the Fort Dupont Cannons youth hockey team today, which is great for kids eager to learn the most direct route between D.C. and Hershey or how to pick out a tie to match your suit so you look presentable in the press box. But seriously, KB says he'll buy a beer for the first person with video of a ten-year-old laying out Schultz.... Dale Hunter certainly isn't closing the door on an NHL coaching gig some time in the future.

Daily Awards
  • Hart: Pavel Datsyuk (2G, including the game-winner, A, +1, 4 hits, 3 takeaways, 0 giveaways, 1 blocked shot)
  • Ross: Pavel Datsyuk, Daniel Alfredsson (3 points each)
  • Norris: Tomas Kaberle (2A, +1, 2 SOG, 2 hits)
  • Vezina: Vesa Toskala (W, 34 saves on 35 shots against)
  • Richard: Pavel Datsyuk, Daniel Alfredsson (2G each)
  • Calder: Dustin Boyd (Game-winning goal, +1)
  • Aiken: Chris Mason (L, 3 goals allowed on 15 shots against)


Snktimoniuz said...

Recchi is like John Sim or, to a lesser degree, how Donald Brashear was. You hate the guy when he plays against the Caps because he always seems to do well. Maybe it would be good to get his contract.

This also makes me think about what the Pens are doing and whether the Caps, with little company in the league cellar, should consider putting some of their personnel on waivers.

The Peerless said...

A forward on an offense-oriented team who, given he was on a pace to play in 60 games, was on a 6-19-25 scoring pace (shoot, Tomas Fleischmann is on a 12-9-21 pace, and you'd expect him to improve as the year went on...not necessarily so with Recchi).

This is what Peter Bondra might have been had the Caps signed him. Claiming Recchi and encumbering a lot of payroll (even at the in-season discounted rate) make no sense to me.

Tyler said...

Leadership is great, but is it possible for a guy to demonstrate it when he walks in off the street 36 hours prior?