Mark Recchi didn’t spend a whole lot of time out of work as an NHL assistant coach.
Last month, Recchi, along with Jacques Martin and Sergei Gonchar parted ways with the Penguins and their contracts weren’t renewed following the team’s 3-1 series loss to the Montreal Canadiens in the qualifying round of the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Recchi has quickly landed on his feet, picking up the same role as assistant coach, this time with the New Jersey Devils, where he will be working under Head Coach Lindy Ruff and General Manager Tom Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald was with the Penguins in some capacity for several years in a player development role and as an assistant general manager.
“We are extremely excited to add Mark to our coaching staff, where his experience as a player, coach, and in development will be invaluable,” said Fitzgerald in a press release. “His work with the power play and managing personnel in Pittsburgh are skills that will benefit our group moving forward. Mark’s leadership, communication abilities, patience, and presence will be integral for the growth of our young core.”
Recchi’s focus as assistant coach with the Penguins was on the power-play. It is unclear what his focus will be in his role with the Devils.