Mark Recchi, back on the Boston payroll for 2009-10 for $1 million, made it sound like this would be his last season as an NHLer.
"I think this is probably going to be it," said Recchi, who has scored 545 career goals. "I want to go out and finish it off right by winning another championship and help this team be successful. I'd say this will probably be it. I've got my family situation I've got to consider and kids I've got to consider. It's been a great run. I think I want to give it one more chance."
The 41-year-old Recchi, who played with a kidney stone against Carolina, said his health is fine. Recchi will ramp up his off-ice workouts in the next 10 days, then come to Boston in September to kick off what may be his final season.
"I really like the pieces that are there," said Recchi. "Winning the Stanley Cup is not an easy thing. You want to give yourself every opportunity. I felt Boston was a great fit for me. We have the opportunity, if we do all the right things as players, to continue to grow as a team. I think everybody left pretty disappointed, which I really, really liked. Guys felt we left something out there. Guys will be that much more hungry this year."
* Interesting line from Recchi when he spoke about chasing one more Cup. "I'm playing for one more ring. That's the most important thing to me," said Recchi. "The reason I like Boston is that 99 percent of the guys on that team, I felt, really want to win the Cup. It's the most important thing to everybody in that dressing room."