Going End to End today are NBC Sports Philadelphia's Brooke Destra, Katie Emmer, Taryn Hatcher, Joe Fordyce and Jordan Hall.
The topic: Should Mark Recchi make the Flyers Hall of Fame?
Not only should Recchi be inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame, he should also be the very next one in line.
This would be just another accolade to his incredible 22-year career in the NHL … and that’s just as a player. The Hall of Famer has three Stanley Cups — all accomplished with different teams — and became one of the top scorers in league history.
Both of his stints with the Flyers were important to not only his career, but also the organization as well. He set the single-season record in Philadelphia in points with 123 — a record that still remains unbeaten. While he had back-to-back 100-point seasons, the trade of Recchi to to the Canadiens resulted in another Flyers legend in John LeClair.
Once he returned to Philadelphia five seasons later, he led the entire NHL in assists with 63 in 1999-00 and helped push the Flyers to the Eastern Conference Final twice. With 602 games representing the orange and black, he ranks ninth overall in points with 627.
It’s only a matter of when, not if for when he’ll be inducted.
Who could ever forget the "Crazy Eights?" Recchi was such a strong force with Eric Lindros and Brent Fedyk. In both of his stints with the Flyers, Recchi simply was a fierce competitor.
He played parts of 10 seasons with the Flyers and had an astounding 232 goals and 395 assists for 627 points, 39 game-winning goals and finished with a plus-43 — his best plus/minus rating out of the seven teams for which he played.
Though he wasn’t a part of any Stanley Cup Final appearances with the orange and black, he was a part of six playoff runs in a row with the Flyers from 1999 to 2004.
My vote is yes.
I mean, where to even begin with Recchi? I guess the 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons seem like the logical place to begin. During his second and third seasons as a Flyer, he posted back-to-back 100-plus-point campaigns. He had 53 goals and 70 assists for 123 points in 1992-93, and 40 goals and 67 assists for 107 points in 1993-94. He joins two greats, Rick MacLeish and Bill Barber, as one of just three Flyers to ever post a 50-plus-goal, 100-plus-point season.
Recchi ranks in the franchise’s top-10 all-time in points (627) and power play points (230). He was named to multiple All-Star Games as a Flyer. He also won multiple Bobby Clarke team MVP awards. So, yeah. No doubt. Recchi is a Flyers Hall of Famer 100 percent.
This is another no-brainer for me. Recchi is in the Hockey Hall of Fame and he played more games with the Flyers than he did with any other team. Unfortunately, Recchi’s three Stanley Cups as a player came with other teams, but that only speaks to the type of player Recchi was.
If you look at the Flyers franchise’s all-time leaders, you won’t have to go too far to find Recchi’s name in any of the stats that matter. He played 602 games with the Flyers, good for 20th all-time. Here’s where the case is really made though. In his time as a Flyer, Recchi tied for 12th in total goals in franchise history with 232, is fifth all-time with 395 assists and ninth with 627 points.
Recchi, like Rick Tocchet, played two tenures with the Flyers. Twice in his first tenure he eclipsed the 100-point mark, including a 123-point season in 1992-93 in which he scored 53 goals and had 70 assists, the best season in team history. There is no doubt his name belongs in the rafters with the Flyers’ all-time greats.
Another interesting case, but how can you deny some of Recchi's accolades in orange and black?
The Hockey Hall of Famer holds the club's single-season record for points at 123, is fifth in franchise history with 395 assists and scored 1.04 points per game wearing a Flyers sweater, just behind Clarke's 1.06.
He doesn't have the Flyers playoff résumé of others (players such as Mike Richards, Scott Hartnell, Pelle Eklund and Bob Dailey have more postseason points with the franchise), but Recchi's ageless game and overall body of work warrants his Flyers Hall of Fame induction.
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