Recchi's there for taking

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:18 AM ET

TAMPA -- The Senators' pursuit of a top-six forward won't be coming in the form of Penguins winger Mark Recchi.

While the veteran was placed on waivers yesterday, Recchi isn't the type of player Senators GM Bryan Murray is looking for.

Recchi, 39, could provide leadership and is considered a quality individual by just about everybody in NHL circles, but he hasn't been able to crack the Pittsburgh lineup and he'd face the same problem with the Senators.

Penguins GM Ray Shero called several teams to see if they have any interest in Recchi and gave his agent, Rick Curran, permission to speak with anybody willing to pick up Recchi's $1.75 million US salary.

Scouts believe Recchi has lost a step and speed is his game. Somebody might grab him at half price on re-entry waivers. In 19 games with Pittsburgh, he has two goals and six assists.

SIMILAR ISSUES: If you closed your eyes and listened to Tampa coach John Tortorella, you'd be forgiven if you thought you were listening to Senators coach John Paddock lament secondary scoring. The Bolts have been led by Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis, Vaclav Prospal and Brad Richards this season, but haven't gotten enough from guys like Chris Gratton, Jan Hlavac and Michel Ouellet. The Senators have been led by the trio of Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza and captain Daniel Alfredsson most nights. "I can't speak for Ottawa, I don't coach that team. Our guys are trying. We just need to get some results here," said Tortorella. "Every team relies on their top guys. That's why we pay them gazillions of dollars. They need to produce. It's not just Ottawa and Tampa. All teams have to have those guys." He did concede teams need other people to take the offensive load off the players with the biggest paycheques. "Our guys are trying and that's all you can ask of them," said Tortorella. "This is our team and we're going to continue to try to manufacture goals with those lines. Our guys know what they need to do. As long as we see the effort, they'll continue to play."

A NEW LOOK: Paddock shifted the defensive pairings against the Bolts in hopes of shaking his blueliners out their doldrums. Even the Andrej Meszaros-Wade Redden partnership, which has been a constant for two seasons, was split up. Meszaros was moved into the top pairing with Chris Phillips while Redden was alongside Joe Corvo. Luke Richardson was with Christoph Schubert, who had played forward most of the season. "Without (Anton Volchenkov), Meszaros is probably the closest type of player. He's big, strong and mobile," said Paddock. "I sort of agree with (Schubert) that after throwing him into the defence, and after hardly playing (the position), that probably took a lot out of him. He probably needs a little break in time again."

DOING FINE: Former Senators tough guy Andre Roy is healthy, happy and enjoying the weather in Tampa. Back for a second stint with the Bolts after getting picked up on re-entry waivers last season, Roy isn't complaining about his average ice time of 4:53. "I'm glad to be part of this team," said Roy. "I'm in the lineup every night, so far. I'm happy. I'm not getting the ice time I would wish for. Whatever I get, I go with it. I have to bring that physical presence. That's why they brought me back." Roy said it was nice to come back after winning the Stanley Cup with Tampa in 2004. He signed as a free agent in Pittsburgh, but it didn't work out. "I love it (in Tampa). It's a great place to play. The fact I won the Cup here, has given me so many good memories," said Roy. "People treat me well. I remember when I first got traded here from Ottawa I wasn't sure about this. Every time I played in Florida I found the heat tough to deal with. (But) that's something you get used to playing in."

OFF THE GLASS: When is a losing streak not a losing streak? In today's NHL. The Senators weren't officially listed as being on a six-game losing streak by the league going into last night's game against the Bolts because they had two shootout losses in that stretch. That means the Senators won't have to officially recognize the streak as the longest in 12 years ... Kemptville's Lee Curry, who finished 93rd in the final stage of the PGA Tour's qualifying school Monday, made the one-hour drive from nearby Orlando to attend the game ... Good news: The Flyers have called up Steve Downie from the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL. Bad news: The Senators don't play the Flyers until Jan. 20. Downie, who was suspended 20 games for nailing C Dean McAmmond in the pre-season, could be back in the minors by then. Of course, if members of the Flyers keep getting suspended at their current rate, Downie will be needed with the big club.


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