Recchi faces declining ice time
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Mark Recchi has been a healthy scratch for four of the Penguins' past five games, and there's no indication when -- or even if -- coach Michel Therrien plans to get him back into the lineup.
That has prompted Recchi's agent, Rick Curran, to contact general manager Ray Shero about Recchi's future here.
"It's safe to say I've had some conversations with Ray regarding the current status," Curran said yesterday. "When any player finds himself not playing, you call and find out how things are, what's going on."
Curran would not say whether his discussions with Shero included a trade request.
"The details, I would prefer to leave confidential," he said.
Shero declined an interview request.
Recchi has two goals and six assists in 19 games this season, part of which he spent on the No. 1 line and top power-play unit. Therrien removed him from the lineup for the first time Nov. 15 and has not dressed him for the past three games.
"Those are decisions the coaches make, and Mark's professional enough to be patient," Curran said. "Obviously, he'd rather be playing. For the moment, there's really not much more we can do until we wait and see how things evolve."
Recchi, 39, who broke into the NHL with the Penguins and rejoined them as a free agent in 2005, passed on a chance for unrestricted free agency last summer when he re-signed just over a week before he was to go on the open market.
"He came back to Pittsburgh with the intention of playing and retiring a Penguin," Curran said. "We just have to wait and see what evolves over the next week or so."
First Published November 27, 2007 12:00 am