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Flyers Get Recchi Back


Philadelphia Flyers general manager Bobby Clarke was not kidding last week when he said he had something in the works.

Hoping to inject some life into his sputtering club, Clarke pulled the trigger on a major trade tonight, re-acquiring right wing Mark Recchi from the Montreal Canadiens for right wing Dainius Zubrus and a pair of draft picks.

Recchi, 31, will become an unrestricted free agent following this season and was expected to be dealt before the March 23 trading deadline. He should be very familiar with Philadelphia, having spent portions of four seasons with the Flyers from 1991-1995.

He led the Flyers in scoring in each of his two full seasons with the team, posting a team-record 123 points during the 1992-93 campaign.

Recchi has 12 goals and team highs of 35 assists and 47 points in 61 games for the Canadiens this season.

The 20-year-old Zubrus has three goals and five assists in 63 games for Philadelphia this season. Over the last three seasons with the Flyers, the 6-3, 215-pound right wing recorded 19 goals and 43 assists for 62 points in 200 games.

The Flyers currently are mired in a season-high eight-game winless streak (0-5-3).

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