The Pittsburgh Penguins continued to reshape their coaching staff by hiring former NHL forward Mark Recchi to serve as the player development coach.
Recchi was originally drafted by the Penguins in 1988, but he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in 1992. He rejoined the Penguins as a free agent in July 2004, but only played in 63 games with Pittsburgh before they traded him again, this time to Carolina. Despite that, he signed with Pittsburgh for a third stint that started with the 2006-07 campaign. The Penguins held onto Recchi for a little over a season before they lost him on waivers.
He ended up playing in 1,652 career games with seven different teams and won the Stanley Cup in 1991 with Pittsburgh, 2006 with Carolina, and then 2011 with the Boston Bruins. He chose to hang up his skates immediately following his third championship.
As an added bit of trivia, Recchi assisted on both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin’s first goals.
Since retiring, he has served as a senior advisor with the Dallas Stars.
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.