Most important part of that article? Whatever team has Recchi's rights, has to pay $2.8 million to pick up his option next year. If they decline, he's an UFA. And back to the Burgh he comes. Conversely, Recchi has the right to pick up the option himself, but for only $780,000.
So this means if the Pens want to go in a different direction next year and Recchi REALLY wants to stay in Pittsburgh it's only at 1/3 the price?
That's good but I don't know why he would ever excercise a player option like that since he's still worth at least a good $1.5 million in an open market