"I think there was some unfinished business," said the B's once and future forward during his re-introduction to the Boston media on Monday. "And I've never been so disappointed to end the way we did."
|Boston Bruins' Mark Recchi, left, scores past Philadelphia Flyers' Brian Boucher, foreground, in the first period of Game 4 of a second-round NHL playoff hockey series, Friday, May 7, 2010, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia's Braydon Coburn, center right, looks on. (AP Photo/Bruce Bennett,Pool) |
Recchi wasn't alone in his sentiments, but unlike the rest of the Hub of Hockey, the veteran NHLer, future Hockey Hall of Famer and two-time Stanley Cup winner can do something to assuage the sting of last season's playoff exit.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to come back," said Recchi. "I think the Bruins are continually going in the right direction."
Much of Recchi's excitement stems from the talks that the winger had with Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli before Mark signed his new deal.
"Yeah, I had some great conversations with Peter and I really liked the direction he wanted to go," said Recchi. "He had a great feel for what was needed.
"Obviously, not everything is going to work out that I'm sure he’s going to want to do, but from what the dressing room needs, to players we needed, he really had a great understanding of it and that was exciting to me.
"Again, with what he’s planning on doing and with what he's done, with getting the second pick, and continuing to get this team better, I think we’re going to be a little bit younger and a little bit faster. I think we’re going to be a better hockey team next year," he said.
Recchi referenced B's first round draft pick Tyler Seguin
"I think it’s wonderful," said Recchi. "Any time you can get a kid like that, he’s a franchise player. We’re very fortunate.
"Up the middle, we have three dynamic guys [and they're] all different types of players. You throw this kid in the mix and he could possibly play wing, I understand. He’s going to be an important part.
"But at the same time he can just come in and be a player," added Recchi. "Which, I think is most important for a young kid.
|Boston Bruins' Mark Recchi, left, and Johnny Boychuk celebrate after the Bruins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in Game 2 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series in Boston on Monday, May 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) |
"There's no pressure for this kid...he doesn’t have to come in and be a world-beater. There's a lot of pressure on Taylor Hall to go [to Edmonton] and be an impact player right away.
"Seguin can come in and he can learn and grow and be part of a good hockey team and I think that’s very important for the development of a young kid," he said.
One of the B's other "young" kids -- Patrice Bergeron
-- is just one other reason that the veteran wanted to stay in Boston.
"Just to play with the core of the guys we have on this hockey club was a big reason, because I believe in these young guys and what they want," said Recchi. "I think for whatever reason, I really haven’t played with another centerman since I've been here. Maybe the odd game or whatever, when Bergy got hurt, but really from day one I had the great opportunity to play with [Bergeron].
"He's one of the most underrated players in the league, I believe. We have great chemistry and we play well together. I think we do a lot of similar things which leads to good things for us. He’s exciting. I don’t know if I’ll play with him this year, but I'm excited to even have the opportunity to be on the same team as him and it’s a thrill for me."
However, the most obvious explanation for Recchi's return was the hockey itself.
"Well, I just love the game," he said. "I love everything about it.
"It’s been my life and I'm enjoying it still and why not play as long as I'm enjoying it and having fun and I’m helping.
"I think I should get that opportunity and go for it," he said.