For the first time since the lockout, the Bruins were buyers at the deadline and made a move. There were rumors the Bruins were after Erik Cole and Keith Tkachuk, but the Bruins settled on veteran winger Mark Recchi from the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bruins shipped first year winger Martins Karsums and former blue chip prospect Matt Lashoff to the Lightning for Recchi and a 2010 2nd round pick (which could be very valuable this deadline). Recchi posted great numbers, 10 goals and 6 assists in 18 games, and then 3 goals and 3 assists in 11 playoff games.
Heading into the offseason, I thought if the Bruins were able to keep all of their forwards, while retaining Recchi for short money, that they would have a lot more depth than last season. Recchi re-signed with the Bruins for cheap money, a 1 year, 1 million dollar deal. This will likely be Recchi’s last season.
Deadline deals are supposed to be for rentals usually, but when you can acquire a player who is supposed to be a rental, and then be able to retain them, it makes the deal that much better.