That was in 2007.
Recchi has lived up to his promise in the years since, especially for the Boston Bruins, who acquired him last year in a deadline day trade.
The 42-year-old showed his value again late in the third period of Monday's 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
Recchi skated stride-for-stride with 23-year-old Tim Kennedy in chasing down a loose puck. As the two hit the goal line, Recchi delivered a shoulder check, knocking the rookie off his skates. Recchi quickly fed teammate Patrice Bergeron , who netted the go-ahead and eventual game-winning tally.
"As soon as I got it, I saw him in the slot," said Recchi, the league's oldest player. "He's great at finding little areas, opening them up. I've played with him all year and the last year and a half since I've been here and he's a good hockey player. He knows where to go."
Monday's key play isn't the only thing he's contributed this postseason. Recchi shares the team lead in points with two goals and an assist. He's chipping on the physical side, too, with seven hits in three games. In 14 playoff games with the Bruins, he's chipped in nine points (five goals, four assists).
Not bad for a guy deemed washed up three years ago.