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After clearing waivers, Penguins send Recchi to minors

PITTSBURGH -- Mark Recchi, a career 510-goal scorer who was
waived by the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier this week, was assigned
Thursday to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL.

It is uncertain whether Recchi must report to the Penguins' top
farm club. Recchi has not played in the minors since 1990.

If the Penguins recall him -- which they can do without him
playing for Wilkes-Barre -- another NHL team can claim Recchi for
half of his $1.75 million contract. The Penguins would pay the
other half.

Recchi passed through waivers without being claimed this week,
but another team picking him up then would have been responsible
for paying the rest of his salary this season.

Recchi, with Pittsburgh for the third time in his career, has
two goals and six assists in 19 games but only one goal in 18
games.

Penguins coach Michel Therrien said the Penguins' younger
players deserved more ice time than Recchi, who will turn 40 in
February. Recchi was scratched for six consecutive games before
being waived.

"We believe we gave him an opportunity," Therrien said. "It
didn't work out."

The Penguins brought back Recchi and 41-year-old forward Gary
Roberts this season to add their veteran presence to one of the
NHL's youngest teams. Roberts has one goal and 10 assists in 26
games.