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B's Acquire Recchi for Lashoff, Karsums

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Tampa Bay Lightning's Mark Recchi before an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday night, Jan. 27, 2009 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Boston, MA -- Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has acquired forward Mark Recchi and a second round draft pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenseman Matt Lashoff and forward Martins Karsums. The pick will be Tampa Bay’s natural second round pick in 2010.

Recchi, a seven-time NHL all-star and two-time Stanley Cup Champion, is a veteran of 1472 NHL regular season games with 535 goals, 891 assists (1426 points) and 962 penalty minutes over 20 seasons. Of his 535 goals, 182 have come on the power play and 81 have been game-winners. He has 15 career 20-goal seasons, seven 30-goal seasons, four 40-goal seasons and one 50-goal season. The 41-year-old Kamloops, BC native has played in 62 games for Tampa Bay this year with 13-32-45 totals.

Recchi has played in 140 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, recording 47 goals, 117 points, 16 power-play goals and nine game-winning goals. He won the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 1991 and again with Carolina in 2006, where he was a teammate of current Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward.

Boston will be the seventh different team Recchi has played for, having suited up for the Penguins, Flyers, Canadiens, Hurricanes, Thrashers and Lightning. Among active players, he ranks third in games played, sixth in goals, second in assists and second in points. He trails only Joe Sakic in both assists and points. Recchi was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fourth round (67th overall) of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.

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Karsums skated in six games for Boston this season and registered one assist. He was a healthy scratch in the team’s last four contests. In 43 games for Providence this season, Karsums has tallied 17 goals and 24 assists for 41 points. He was named to the Planet USA team for the AHL All-Star Classic this year and tallied two goals and three assists in that game. The 5’10’’, 198-pound Riga, Latvia native was originally drafted by the Bruins in the 2nd round (64th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Lashoff has seen action in 16 games for Boston this season, registering one assist, and has played in 33 games for Providence with 5-16-24 totals. He split last season between Boston and Providence and appeared in 18 NHL games, registering 1-4-5 totals and appeared in 60 games for the P-Bruins, tallying 9-27-36 totals. The 22-year-old Lashoff was originally drafted by Boston in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and has appeared in 43 NHL games in his career.

Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli will hold a press conference in Legends at TD Banknorth Garden at 4:30 p.m. ET today, March 4 to discuss this transaction, the acquisition of defenseman Steve Montador and today’s NHL Trade Deadline (Legends is located on level three at TD Banknorth Garden on the West End of the building).
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