Penguins name Mark Recchi assistant coach

Penguins name Mark Recchi assistant coach

Mark Recchi’s busy summer will end with him behind an NHL bench. 

Having already been promoted by the Penguins once this summer and elected to the NHL Hall of Fame, the former Bruin has been promoted again -- this time being named an assistant coach on Mike Sullivan’s staff in Pittsburgh. 

The retired right wing had served as the Penguins’ player development coach for the last three seasons and was promoted to director of player development last month. The team moved him up to the NHL staff Tuesday after Rick Tocchet left to become Arizona’s head coach. 

As a player, Recchi had three different stints with the Penguins, most notably spending the first five seasons of his career with the organization from 1988 to 1992. He returned to the team for the 2005-06 season, and after being dealt to the Hurricanes at the trade deadline and winning the Stanley Cup with Carolina, he again returned to the Penguins in free agency that summer.

Recchi finished his playing career in Boston, winning his third career Stanley Cup championship with the team in 2011. He spent parts of three seasons in Boston, scoring 42 regular-season goals and adding 14 more over three postseasons. 

Morning Skate: Another setback for Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick

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Morning Skate: Another setback for Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering what Melissa McCarthy is going to do now that Spicey is gone.

*The debut for Philadelphia Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick has been scratched due to “an infection in his face.” Boy, this kid can’t get healthy, can he?

*Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill is 100 percent sure that the Winged Wheels will be making a return to the playoffs this season.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has hope returning to the city of Houston that they might get an NHL franchise one of these days.

*Travis Yost delves into shooting percentage and some of the nuances when properly trying to break it down statistically.

*There are new season ticket charges for Habs fans in Montreal, and boy are they pissed off about it. Feels like the kind of thing that could push them to riot in the streets or flood 911 emergency lines if the Canadiens aren’t too careful about it.

*Young Blues defenseman Colton Parayko signs a five-year deal with St. Louis to avoid salary arbitration while the D-man taken exactly one pick before him by the Bruins in the draft, Matt Grzelcyk, is going to be hard-pressed to move past the AHL level this season.

*For something completely different: What would Ivan Drago have been doing with his life after his showdown with Rocky in Mother Russia?