Atlanta Thrashers claim veteran forward Mark Recchi off waivers

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ATLANTA - The Atlanta Thrashers claimed veteran forward Mark Recchi off waivers on Saturday.

Recchi had two goals and six assists in 19 games with Pittsburgh this season.

He cleared waivers Wednesday, was assigned to the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Thursday and then was placed on re-entry waivers on Friday.

Atlanta will get Recchi for half of his US$1.75-million contract with the Penguins paying the other half.

Thrashers spokesman Rob Koch said Saturday that the five-foot-10, 190-pound Recchi is expected to join the team in Atlanta on Sunday. The Thrashers play at Washington on Saturday.

Recchi will probably have his first practice with the team on Tuesday.

Penguins coach Michel Therrien said this week that 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."

Recchi has 1341 points (510-831) in 1357 career games.

He played on Stanley Cup champion teams in 1991 with Pittsburgh and 2006 with Carolina. He also has had two stints with Philadelphia and played five years for Montreal.

He will be an unrestricted free agent July 1.

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