Just a little over a month on the job market, former Flyer and hockey legend Mark Recchi found his way behind the bench again, as an assistant coach with the Devils.
The announcement was made on Tuesday, just a little over a month since Recchi's contract was not renewed in the with the Penguins, where he held the same position for the previous two seasons.
The departure came soon after the Penguins had an underwhelming performance in playoffs, where they failed to advance beyond the qualifying round against the Canadiens in a best-of-five series.
Recchi has ample amounts of experience playing with and coaching some of the top players across the NHL —- and given he was one of the best himself — he knows what he wants out of his team.
The Devils will be a new challenge for him. This team doesn't necessarily have star power just yet, rather a bunch of young players still trying to get situated in the league. Recchi will be able to bring his years of experience and essentially help build this team from the ground up.
"I really want to help these young players and the New Jersey Devils — all the players, to build something special here," Recchi said during his first media availability following the new position. "I can help these younger players with mental preparation.
"You got to learn there are some nights you just don't have it. It's an 82-game schedule and it's hard. You have to figure out how to help your team even when you don't have it."
When you look across the entire league, your awareness of the amount of coaches who have previously spent time in Philadelphia with the Flyers is heightened ... and the amount of success they find once departing with the organization. Whether it be their from their playing days or behind the bench, it's interesting to note.
To name a few ...
• Recchi spent nearly half of his career with the Flyers — and given he played for 22 years, that's a pretty significant chunk of time. He played 602 games and finished his time through two separate stints with 627 points. Recchi collected three Stanley Cups during his playing days with the Penguins, Hurricanes and Bruins before he began coaching.
• Rick Tocchet has been the head coach for the Coyotes for two seasons now. Previously, he held an assistant coach position with the Penguins. Tocchet started his career with the Flyers and with about a decade of play in between among other teams, he eventually found his way back for the final two seasons of his career. In between though, he helped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup victory in 1992. He also won two more cups with the Penguins as an assistant coach.
• Rod Brind'Amour has been the head coach of the Hurricanes since 2018. Since his time with the team, Brind'Amour has helped carry the Hurricanes to the playoffs for two consecutive seasons. The last time that was accomplished dates back to 2000-01 and 2001-02, a time where Brind'Amour was on the roster. He won the Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006, but before he started finding his success in Carolina, he was with the Flyers for nine years.
• Craig Berube was at the top of the NHL world just last season, bringing the Blues to victory as the franchise won its first Stanley Cup. He started his playing career with the Flyers being signed as an undrafted free agent. Later in life, he returned to the organization and had coaching stints with both the AHL affiliate Phantoms and Flyers.
• John Stevens played just nine games across two seasons with the Flyers during his career, but went on to find great success while coaching. After he had to retire due to an eye injury, Stevens remained with the Phantoms as an assistant coach. He worked his way up in the organization, going from head coach of the farm team and eventually head coach of the Flyers. After being fired in 2009, he went out west to join the Kings. During his time there, he went on to win two Stanley Cups as an assistant coach. He now has the chance to win a third with the Stars as assistant coach.