Thrashers forward Mark Recchi is the latest former Penguin to join the Tampa Bay Lightning.
EN Says: Seriously? Mark Recchi? Did John Leclair not answer his phone or something? Why is the Lightning seemingly trying to pick up every former Penguin forward out there on the free market? And is it not concerned by the fact it doesn't have a lot of NHL caliber talent on the blueline?
Recchi's old. That's well established. But he can still contribute as a third-liner and occasionally on the power play. That said, he's probably better suited for a team with loads of young talent like the Blackhawks or the Coyotes or even the Penguins. He's just another free agent with a big name on the Lightning. And you can't just bring in a bunch of random free agent names and hope they gel together and win. The Rangers tried that for seven years and didn't even make the playoffs in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
This team is reminding us more and more of the Penguins from 2005-06. A broadcaster masquerading as a coach. Aggressive ownership in terms of free agency. The acquisition of quite a few stars past their primes. A few established core players already in place. The top pick of the draft coming on board. Questionable goaltending.
That Penguins team finished with the second worst record in the league that season. Don't be surprised if the Lightning end up drafting a lottery pick again next summer.
(Photo: The Hockey News)